by Kristian Olsen, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study
ND Works wrote: An interdisciplinary group of 20 faculty gathered at Fernwood Botanical Garden in Niles, Michigan, for three days of conversation and action-planning oriented around Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ encyclical on climate change and inequality. The faculty represented 17 different departments and all seven colleges and schools at Notre Dame.
The event, held June 2-4, was the first installment of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study’s Zahm Retreat, a new summer program that brings together a diverse group of faculty to confront an issue of ethical importance, seek inspiration from the Catholic intellectual tradition, build lasting research connections and make plans for continued action. The retreat is named after Rev. John A. Zahm, C.S.C. (1851-1921), the influential faculty member and administrator who bolstered the research reputation of the University and worked to bridge the divide between disciplines, particularly between the sciences and religion.
(Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame.)