Squeaky Weal Lecture Series

Squeaky Weal Lecture Series

As a Catholic university attentive to the interplay between faith and civic life, Saint Xavier supports the Center for Religion and Public Discourse, sponsor of the Squeaky Weal Lecture Series. Launched in 2001, this lecture series promotes thoughtful consideration and civil discourse on the religious, moral and/or ethical implications of public issues, with a consistent focus on the common good.

All lectures are free and open to the public. All take place on the University's Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd Street unless otherwise noted. 

SXU Explores Laudato Si: Caring for Our Common Home

"Faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet," Pope Francis. We at SXU have heard the Pope's call and are committed to learning about this issue and making a difference for our world!

Our Common Home: "An Interdisciplinary Conversation on Environmental Responsibility"

April 14
6:30 p.m.
McGuire Hall 

This event will feature a panel presentation and discussion on Pope Francis’ Laudato si. SXU scholars will respond to the encyclical from perspectives in economics, biology and political science. These scholars will evaluate the document and critiques from within their respective fields. They will explore and engage the audience on how caring for the environment is a theological and spiritual matter. Also, the discussion will include how the various disciplines – both favorable and critical – may come together to elucidate how we are to critically evaluate this matter and how to move forward responsibly as a global community. The panel will include the following SXU faculty members: Dr. Liane Cochran-Stafira, Dr. Matthew Costello, Dr. Charles Shanabruch and Jeff Tangel.

The environment is one of the Sisters if Mercy Critical Concerns, and it is also part of the Christian tradition to be responsible stewards of the gift of creation.

This event is co-sponsored with SXU student group Environmental Concerns Organization.

Past Speakers

Selected Squeaky Weal lectures (2002-present) are available in DVD format from the Robert and Mary Rita Murphy Stump Library at Saint Xavier University. Titles may be viewed at the Library's website. DVDs may be borrowed for a week or viewed at the library.

To read more about past speakers, please visit our Past Speakers web page.

For More Information

For more information on the Squeaky Weal Lecture Series, please contact the Center for Religion and Public Discourse at 773-298-3809 or stapleton@sxu.edu.