2019 Res Publica Lectures

"Climate Change and the Christian Ethic"
January 11-12 & 17, 2019
Covenant College
Lookout Mountain, Georgia

 

The Res Publica Lectures

Res Publica is an annual lecture series at Covenant College that is charged with building up the church and bolstering an informed lay leadership by addressing issues of public consequence. Each year these lectures enable us to invite distinguished speakers to campus to tackle contemporary topics. In addition to public lectures in Chapel and elsewhere, these lectures include a one-credit hour course taught over three days for more in-depth study.

 
 

 

VIEWpoints: Climate Change & The Res Publica Lecture Series

Dr. Heath Garris, assistant professor of biology at Covenant College, discusses the annual Res Publica lectures. The 2019 Res Publica lecture series will focus on climate change, often regarded as a "hot-topic" in Christian communities. Listen to Dr. Garris discuss the lecture series and why Christians ought to lend an ear to the subject.

 

 

Climate Change and the Christian Ethic

Professors Mark Holtzapple and Micah Green, both of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, will challenge the Covenant College community to examine global warming and the resulting climate change from the following perspectives: science, engineering, economics, business, religion, politics, and sociology. Using Christian views on environmental stewardship as a framework, their lectures will help fellow believers create well-informed personal views on climate change and to determine where they belong in the spectrum of Christian responses. In both public lectures and during a one-credit class, students can expect to develop expertise that will enable them to categorize scientific and engineering claims relating to climate change and energy and understand the economic, faith, and political aspect of proposed approaches to deal with climate change.


 

Our Speakers

Dr. Micah Green
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Texas A&M University

Dr. Micah J. Green holds chemical engineering degrees from Texas Tech (B.S., 2002) and MIT (Ph.D. 2007) where he was co-advised by National Academy members Bob Armstrong and Bob Brown. His Ph.D. focused on computational studies of phase behavior and rheology of rodlike liquid crystals; his studies also included a minor in early Christian history at Harvard. Dr. Green currently serves at Texas A&M University as an Associate Professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering. He has received the NSF CAREER Award, the Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the DuPont Young Faculty Award for his work in the area of nanomaterial dispersions and morphology dynamics, with applications to gels, composites, and additive manufacturing. His group combines experiment and simulation to bring the fields of chemical engineering, colloid science, and polymer physics to bear on critical nanotechnology applications.


Dr. Mark Holtzapple
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Texas A&M University

Dr. Mark Holtzapple received his chemical engineering degrees from Cornell University (BS, 1978) and the University of Pennsylvania (PhD, 1981). After his formal education, he served as a captain in the US Army Natick R&D Center and worked on a miniature air conditioner for soldiers wearing chemical protective clothing. In 1986, he joined the faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He has received many awards for teaching and research, including the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the president and vice president of the United States. His research focuses on sustainability including conversion of waste biomass to fuels, chemicals, and animal feed; high-efficiency engines and air conditioners; conversion of waste heat to electricity; high-torque electric motors; and water desalination.

Lecture Schedule

January 11 | 11:00 am

Chapel Lecture

Dr. Mark Holtzapple
Dora Maclellan Brown Chapel
Free and open to the public

Live Stream

January 11 | 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Lecture

Dr. Mark Holtzapple
Brock Hall 118
Free and open to the public

January 12 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lecture

Dr. Mark Holtzapple
Brock Hall 118
Free and open to the public

January 17 | 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Lecture

Dr. Micah Green
Sanderson 215
Free and open to the public

Media

Climate Change and the Christian Ethic

Dr. Mark Holtzapple

January 11, 2019

 

 

Location

Covenant College
Dora Maclellan Brown Chapel
14049 Scenic Highway
Lookout Mountain, GA 30750
Phone: 706.419.1360
Email: chapel@covenant.edu