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Pope John Paul II Lecture
On Social Justice

Rutherford, NJ – April 2, 2019 – Felician University announced today that it will host the Annual Pope John II Lecture on Social Justice on Thursday, April 2. This event will take place on Felician’s Rutherford Campus in the Education Commons building at 7:00 P.M. This year’s lecture, co-sponsored by the Order of Malta and free to the public, features Christiana Zenner discussing her book, “Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and Global Fresh Water Crises.”

Just Water explores the necessity for the avail­ability of a supply of fresh water from the perspective of Christian ethics. This revised edition includes new data and updates on so­cial developments related to water crises, in­sights from Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato si’, and a discussion of water justice from the perspective of the events at Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline Protest.

Christiana Zenner, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Theology, Science, and Ethics at Fordham University in New York City, co-editor of Just Sustainability: Ecology, Technology, and Resource Extraction (2015), Expanding Horizons in Bioethics (2005), and the author of more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles on ecological ethics, values, and water in an era of economic globalization. She bridges traditional disciplinary boundaries in her study of the ethics of fresh water and the problems of climate change, social justice, and sustainability.

Dr. Zenner’s public media appearances include TED-Ed, The New Republic, and Public Radio International. In 2013 she was named one of Microsoft’s, “Heroes in Education.” She teaches courses which include Religion and Ecology, Ecological Ethics, Religious Movements, Climate Justice and Water, and Human Nature After Darwin. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University and a B.A. In Human Biology from Stanford University.


About Felician University
Felician University, with campuses in Rutherford and Lodi, NJ, is a Catholic Franciscan University, founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. Felician offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programs in the Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Nursing. Felician has been ranked as the #3 Private University in New Jersey for Return on Investment (ROI) by payscale.comand reported 100% of its 2017 graduates surveyed are either employed or in graduate school within 6 months of graduation.