Thiel announces 2012 Earth Week events

GREENVILLE, Pa.—The 14th annual Thiel College Earth Week celebration is April 10 through 12. All Earth Week events are free and open to the public. Events are held in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center on Thiel’s campus unless noted otherwise.

“Children’s Workshop,” Rissell-Beeghly Gymnasium

Tuesday, April 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Area grade school students (grades 4-6) are invited to participate in this workshop where presenters from the Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh will join with Thiel faculty and students in demonstrations and other activities. This workshop is also open to home-schooled children; to reserve a spot, call Dr. Joyce Cuff at 724-589-2066.

“Journey of the Universe: The Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth and Human Transformation” Screening with Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 10, 7 p.m.

Designed to inspire a new and closer relationship with Earth in a period of growing environmental and social crisis, this one-hour documentary film presents the story of the universe through scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology and biodiversity with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe. A panel of Thiel College community members from a variety of backgrounds will share reflections on the documentary following the screening.

“The Covenantal Triangle: Prophetic Perspectives on the Created Order” with Dr. Ellen Davis, Duke Divinity School

Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m.

Davis, the Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, has published a number of books about the Old Testament.

“Illusion and Denial: Reflections on Climate Change” with Dr. Wendy Farley, Emory University

Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m.

A professor of religion at Emory University, Farley is the author of numerous books, including her most recent “Gathering Those Driven Away: A Theology of Incarnation,” which explores the expression of Jesus Christ in the midst of the brokenness and hostilities of the modern world as experienced by those who are marginalized and persecuted in contemporary society.

Earth Week at Thiel College is sponsored by the Global Institute of Thiel College and the Community Building Initiative. Questions can be directed to Dr. Curt Thompson at 724-589-2106.

About Thiel College

Thiel College is a private liberal arts institution founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 25 varsity sports, and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio to more than 900 students. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation as it celebrates 150 years.