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The 2020 E.T.S. Walton Lectures on Science and Religion will be given by:


Prof. Katharine Hayhoe


Climate Science Center
Texas Tech University


Christians, Climate, and our Culture around the World

 
Monday 9 March 2020
20:00, West Wing 6 Lecture Theatre, Main Quadrangle
University College Cork

Abstract. At its core, climate change is profoundly unjust. It exacerbates hunger, poverty, and even political instability, disproportionally impacting the most vulnerable people of the world, the very ones we Christians are called to love and care for. As the scientific evidence builds, however, so does the opposition to solutions: they're impractical, or they'll harm people, or they're even too late, some argue. Why is climate change such a difficult problem to solve, and what can we as Christians do about it? Join Katharine Hayhoe as she untangles the complex science behind global warming and highlights the key role our faith and values play in shaping our attitudes and actions on this crucial topic.


Climate Change: Facts, Fictions, and our Faith

 
Friday 13 March 2020
19:00, Lecture Theatre 2, Hume Building
Maynooth University

Abstract. Climate change is one of the most hotly debated scientific issues of today. As the scientific evidence increases, so does the opposition to solutions. Is the evidence solid? Are the proposed solutions viable? And why would anyone care? Join Katharine Hayhoe as she untangles the complex science behind global warming and highlights the key role our faith and values play in shaping our attitudes and actions on this crucial topic.

This lecture is part of Maynooth University Social Justice Week.


The 2020 Walton Lectures are organised by Christians in Science Ireland in collaboration with the UCC Christian Union and Trócaire.


Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist working at Texas Tech University (Lubbock, Texas), where she is a professor in the Department of Political Science, and co-director of the Climate Science Center. She has a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois. Her current research focuses on establishing a scientific basis for assessing the regional to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment.

Katharine is also an outstanding communicator, who has received the American Geophysical Union’s climate communication prize, and the Stephen Schneider Climate Communication award. Her name appears in a number of lists including Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Thinkers, and FORTUNE magazine’s World’s Greatest Leaders. She has served as lead author on the Second, Third, and Fourth National Climate Assessments (USA). She hosts and produces the PBS Digital Series, Global Weirding, and serves on advisory committees for a broad range of organizations including the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, the Earth Science Women’s Network, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Katharine is also the founder and CEO of ATMOS Research, aiming to bridge the gap between scientists and stakeholders to provide relevant, state-of-the-art information on how climate change will affect our lives to a broad range of non-profit, industry and government clients.

Together with her husband Andrew Farley, who is a pastor, she is currently writing a book on climate change, and she aims to bridge the gap between scientists and Christians. She frequently gives public talks on climate science, impacts, communication, and faith. More information about Katharine Hayhoe can be found on her personal webpages.


Prof. Katharine Hayhoe will give several other lectures during her visit to Ireland:

Monday 9 March at University College Cork (17:00 in Room G10, Brookfield Health Science Complex).
Tuesday 10 March (12:00) at the National University of Ireland Galway (tickets).
Wednesday 11 March (18:00) in Belfast: The Annual Theological Lecture at Queen’s 2020 (tickets).
Friday 13 March (11:00) in the School of Religion at Trinity College Dublin (tickets).



The E. T. S. Walton Lectures on Science and Religion

The E. T. S. Walton Lectures on Science and Religion (Walton Lectures in brief) are a series of lectures on currents topics related to science and religion, suitable to an audience of academics and informed lay persons. Each year a speaker, who is a scientist, philosopher, or theologian of international reputation, will be invited to give a lecture, which will be held in one or more locations on the island of Ireland.

The Walton Lectures are named after physicist and Nobel laureate the late Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton. Walton's work as a scientist and his Christian commitment are well documented in the biography written by V. J. McBrierty: Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton, The Irish Scientist, 1903-1995 (Trinity College Dublin, 2003). Walton was a committed member of the Methodist church, and following the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1951 jointly to himself and John Cockroft, he spoke on science and religion to audiences in Ireland, the United States, and Sweden.

The Walton Lectures are organised by Christians in Science Ireland.



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