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Xavier historian to discuss role of Jesuit education in sustainability at Creighton

Kathleen SmytheRooting sustainable education in Jesuit principles is the focus of the 2016 Religion and Environment lecture at Creighton University, held Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Harper Center, Room 3023. The lecture is sponsored by the Kripke Center. It is free and open to the public.

Kathleen Smythe, PhD, a professor in the Department of History at Xavier University and the director of Xavier’s Land, Farming and Community program, will deliver the lecture. As a professor at a Jesuit university, she will propose a new kind of sustainability education strengthened by Jesuit values. She has been actively engaged with sustainability efforts at Xavier and now serves as senior administrative fellow for Sustainability and the Environmental Imagination.

Smythe’s research focuses on globalization and economic development. She has studied the viability of Earth’s ecosystems, populations and economic systems. She is the author of “Fipa Families” which centers on her years of fieldwork experience as an African historian in Tanzania.

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