Planetary Common Good, Earth’s Future Considered at IOC Conference

The second annual Presidential Conference on the Integrity of Creation at Duquesne University will focus on scientific contributions and religious perspectives of topics from the planetary common good to the future of the earth.

Protecting Our Common Home: Scientific Contributions & Religious Perspectives, which will be held from Wednesday, Sept. 28, through Friday, Sept. 30, will reflect on Pope Francis' appeal to all people to meet "the urgent challenge to protect our common home."

The following conference plenary presentations are free and open to the public and will be held in the Power Center Ballroom:

  • Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.: Dr. Ursula Goodenough, professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis, The Evolutionary Dimensions of Laudato Si
  • Sept. 29 at 12:45 p.m.: Dr. Daniel P. Scheid, assistant professor of theology at Duquesne University, The Moral Vision of Laudato Si: The Cosmic Common Good as a Common Ground for Interreligious Ecological Ethics
  • Sept. 29 at 4 p.m.: Dr. Celia Deane-Drummond, professor of theology and director of the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing at the University of Notre Dame, The Theological Anthropology of Laudato Si: Tracing the Interplay of Theology, Science and Ecology.

"The plenary speakers for this year's conference are internationally prominent academics who lead the scholarly discourse on science and religion with regard to our responsibility to protect the earth as our common home," said Dr. Gerard Magill, chair of the conference committee and the Gallagher Chair for the Integration of Science, Theology, Philosophy and Law. "We're very fortunate to have such highly respected academics joining us for the entire conference."

Among the Sept. 29 panel presentations that are open to the public include:

  • The Poor and the Earth are Crying Out: Protecting Our Common Home, featuring three members of the Spiritan Congregation
  • Navigating the Anthropocene with Jack Sparrow's Compass, Dr. Brady Porter, associate professor of biological sciences, Duquesne University.

For more information, including a link to watch segments of the conference live via a web broadcast, visit

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