For the Planet and the Poor - Panels & Presentations


April 5-Panels & Presentations
Hesburgh Center for International Studies, University of Notre Dame

Panel presentations on Economic Development, Sustainability, Global Health, Theology and Religion, International Education, and the Role of Universities.

We are witnessing an extraordinary moment in the history of global efforts to eliminate extreme poverty and preserve the natural environment. Never before have international development organizations, national governments, the Catholic Church, and other religious and faith-based organizations been so closely aligned in a campaign to address the most daunting challenges facing humanity and the planet.

The surprising convergence of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, with his support of the Sustainable Development Goals to “end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030,” have presented us with a remarkable moment of opportunity.

This conference, organized by Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs, brings together students and faculty with leading thinkers from the worlds of development policy and practice, government, the Church and other religious bodies to reflect on the events of the previous year and chart a way forward.

These events are free and open to the public. #planetandpoor

April 5 (Tues.) 

Laudato Si’ and the Sustainable Development Goals
Hesburgh Center for International Studies, University of Notre Dame

9 a.m.        Achieving the SDGs: What Will It Take?

Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University


10 a.m.     Economic Development: Ending Global Poverty

Debapriya Bhattacharya, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Carol Graham, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; College Park Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Robert Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Director, Harvard Environmental Ethics Program

11:45 a.m.     Sustainability: Care for our Common Home

Anthony Annett, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Advisor, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Christopher Barrett, David J. Nolan Director, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management; Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University

Daniel Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Harvard University; Director, Harvard University Center for the Environment; Director, Harvard Kennedy School Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy

2:30 p.m.     Toward Global Health and Human Well-Being

Serena Koenig, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

John Meara, M.D., Steven C. and Carmella R. Kletjian Professor of Global Surgery, Department of Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Bernard Nahlen, M.D., Deputy Coordinator, President’s Malaria Initative, USAID

Mohammed Ali Pate, Former Minister of State for Health, Nigeria; Professor of Global Health, Global Health Institute, Duke University

Sonia Sachs, M.D., Director, Health Sector, Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institute, Columbia University

4:15 p.m.     Ecological Conversion: The Role of Faith in Development

Matthew Ashley, Associate Professor of Theology; Chair, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Celia Deane-Drummond, Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Thomas Tweed, W. Harold and Martha Welch Professor of American Studies and Professor of History; former president, American Academy of Religion, University of Notre Dame

William Vendley, Secretary General, World Conference of Religions for Peace

Laurie Zoloth, Professor of Religious Studies, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences; Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

5:30 p.m.     A Conversation with Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Moderator: Rev. Daniel G. Groody, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame