November 14, 2010
Scientist and Evangelical Christian Conversations on Climate Change
The Initiative of Religion and International Affairs at Harvard University, funded in part by the Luce Initiative for Religion and International Affairs, will host a seminar focusing on the views of scientists and evangelical Christians regarding the challenges facing the world's environment today. The event is part of an ongoing series of seminars on Religion and Politics. It will feature James McCarthy, a professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard, as well as Father Bryan Hehir, who is a professor of Religion and Public Life at Harvard as well as the Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Archdiocese of Boston.
Father J. Bryan Hehir is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where he is affiliated with the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. He plays a key role in leading the Center’s program on Religion and Public Life. He directed the Religion in International Affairs project at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affair’s. The program was supported by the Henry. R. Luce Foundation in 2007. His research and writing focus on ethics and foreign policy and the role of religion in American society and international affairs. Prior to his current position, Hehir was a professor of the practice of religion and society at Harvard Divinity School (1993-2001) and was the chair of the Executive Committee of the Divinity School from 1998-2001, making him the first and only Catholic priest to head the Divinity School. Hehir was the President of Catholic Charities from 2001-2003 where he advocated greater lay involvement in church administration. He was also a key staff member at the National Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1973-92. In 2008, Hehir was the keynote speaker at the Camden Conference: Religion as a Force in World Affairs.