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A Lonergan Take  

waterThe Center for Catholic Studies welcomes Tom McAuley, M.Sc., an environmental engineer and philosopher from Ottawa, Canada, to Seton Hall for a lecture "Water: A Longergan Take" on Wednesday, March 29 at 4 p.m. in the Chancellor's Suite. The lecture is being co-sponsored with the Toth/Lonergan Endowed Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies, the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Physics, Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The presentation explores the essential role of the hydrological cycle and of human agency directly and indirectly involved in water use and decision making from a viewpoint drawn from the works of Bernard Lonergan (1904-1984). Lonergan was one of the great philosophers of modern times. Besides emphasizing the central role of growing self-knowledge in philosophy, his work on emergent probability as a heuristic model of world process and evolution lends itself to analyzing the cyclical nature of water on our planet.

The hydrological cycle, fundamental to all other schemes of recurrence in our planet's community of life, will be looked at from the viewpoint of the current problems of serious water poverty and growing water crises. Such crises manifest, to a large extent, an ongoing legacy of bias and inauthenticity in impinging human economic and governance schemes. At the same time, progress on water problems continues to show active authenticity in numerous institutions including secular and religious NGOs, and in government and United Nations agencies.

On March 22, World Water Day 2017, Pope Francis will make an address from the Vatican to shift how the world values and understand the precious resource of water. The hope is to inspire a global conversation about the value and values of water. Following the Papal address, 400 thought leaders from around the world will convene to continue the conversation with students, artists, business leaders and men and women from the most at-risk populations around the world. For more information: World Water Council and Circle of Blue.

About the Lecturer:
Tom McAuley holds a B.a.Sc in geological engineering from the University of Toronto and an M.Sc. in water resources engineering from the University of Manitoba. McAuley served for 12 years as a senior engineering advisor at the Canadian Section of the International Joint Commission (IJC) where he was co-responsible for eight transboundary water boards and two major water-related studies. The IJC prevents and resolves disputes and manages shared waters along the 8,900 km Canada-US border.

Tom retired to do further studies at St. Paul University in Ottawa where he is currently writing a doctoral thesis on "Evolving Water Ethics With the Help of Bernard Lonergan." He also recently joined Water Witness International (WWI) as an Associate and Senior Advisor. WWI works to ensure water security for the poor in developing countries along with supporting responsible water management.

About the Center for Catholic Studies:
Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997, The Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture, through scholarly research and publications and ongoing programs for faculty, students, and the general public. In 2001, the Center conducted the annual faculty summer seminar, "The Core of the Core," which originated the present University Core Curriculum. The Center also developed the undergraduate degree program in Catholic Studies with its major, minor and certificate, which in 2012 became the Department of Catholic Studies. The Center continues to support the Department with scholarship aid and its ongoing program of co-curricular activities.

Focusing on the central role of the faculty, the Center is the sponsor of regular Faculty Development programs, including lectures, seminars and retreats. The Center also administers two national faculty development programs: Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life, and The Lilly Fellows Program. The Center has also helped to establish the Toth/Lonergan Endowed Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies to honor the memory and the legacy of William Toth (1940-2008) and Bernard Lonergan, SJ (1904-1984), by bringing exceptional scholars and outstanding contemporary thinkers to the university to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue and studies.

The Center maintains a global focus in international scholarship and is the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, as well as the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute. The Institutes offer opportunities for study and research, as well as ongoing programs related to faith and culture. In addition, the Micah Institute for Business and Economics concentrates on communicating Catholic Social Teaching and ethics to business education at Seton Hall and the wider business community. The Center also publishes the prestigious Chesterton Review, The Lonergan Review.

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For more information, please contact:

  • Christine Brazeau
  • (973) 275-4883
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