First-Ever Civitas Lecture Series to Feature Ecologist, Theologian

Event Details

Date: March 27, 2011

Times: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Gilbert Science Center Auditorium

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public

Ecologist Dr. Carter Johnson and  theologian Dr. Michelle Bartel have been named speakers for the inaugural Civitas Lecture Series. The lectures will begin at 7 p.m. on March 14 and March 28 and are free and open to the public.

Civitas is Augustana’s Honors Program

Dr. Carter Johnson

Dr. Carter Johnson, class of 1968, a professor of ecology at South Dakota State University, will discuss “South Dakota’s Prairie Farm: An Experiment in Ecological and Economic Sustainability,” at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 14, in the Gilbert Science Center auditorium. His discussion will detail a new approach to farming being conducted on 650 acres between Sioux Falls and Brookings. The Prairie Farm reduces soil erosion, restores wetlands and enhances native bio-diversity while producing hay, feedstock for cellulosic biofuels, and grass-fed beef. His talk is co-sponsored by the Augustana Biology Department.

Dr. Michelle BartelDr. Michelle Bartel, a pastor at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in New Washington, Ind., will discuss “Love, Something a Good Deal More Dangerous: The Power of Subversive Ethics,” at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 28, in the Gilbert Science Center auditorium. Her discussion will connect the work of theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer with the significant role of compassion in ethical discernment. Bartel is a former professor of religion at Augustana and previously served as chaplain and director of the Center for Church Leadership at Hanover College in Hanover, Ind. Her talk is co-sponsored by the Stanley L. Olson Chair for Moral Values.

A reception will follow each discussion.

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations