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International Jesuit initiatives: Seattle University and Fondazione Culturale San Fedele

15 January 2014

Two Jesuit institutions are promoting initiatives linked with ecology that can be very interesting for the readers of Ecojesuit, and these are Seattle University in Seattle, Washington, USA and Aggiornamenti Sociali  in Milan, Italy.

Seattle University’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability  will convene the conference Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons that will take place in Seattle from the 7th to 9th August 2014.

Environmental justice and sustainability (EJS) are inextricably connected. True sustainability can only be achieved when all communities have healthy air, water, food, green space, and security, and when all people have meaningful involvement in the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. The conference aims to emphasize EJS research in a wide variety of disciplines, to build an EJS network of Jesuit institution, to inspire EJS work through the arts, and to foster interdisciplinary conversations, research, and teaching.

The deadline for submitting abstracts for papers for the conference is 27 January 2014 and for general information, interested parties can check out the CEJS conference website. For information about the call for papers, please go to the CEJS page in Call for Papers. Presentation abstracts must be submitted by 27 January 2014 to this website.

The second initiative is linked to the Universal Exposition in Milan or Expo Milano 2015 that will run from 1 May to 31 October 2015 with the theme Feeding the planet, Energy for life. To address the theme, the Jesuit Fondazione Culturale San Fedele (with its magazines Aggiornamenti Sociali and Popoli), in collaboration with other partners (Arcidiocesi di Milano, Caritas Ambrosiana, Caritas Internationalis, Caritas Italiana, Expo Milano 2015 s.p.a., Fondazione Lanza and Intervita), is promoting a series of three seminars in October and November 2014

The following topics are the focus of the seminars: food, environment and lifestyles; the right to food, food and rights; and food, cultures, and religions.

A call for papers (in Italian and English) addressing the above themes was launched and contributions from individuals on the field, academe, or both, from profit and non-profit organizations, are invited. Papers that are well-argued, rigorous, and targeted to a general public, will be accepted, both in Italian and in English. The proceedings of the seminars will be collectively published and presented in a specific event organized during Expo Milano 2015.

Abstracts of the papers (maximum of 4,000 characters) and a brief CV of the author (maximum 2,000 characters) should be sent to San Fedele EXPO 2015 through this email: expo2015(at)sanfedele.net not later than 31 January 2014.

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