January 30, 2024
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Inaugural Panel to Focus on Climate Change, Featuring Preeminent MIT Expert, John Fernández
PITTSBURGH—Carlow University, a private, co-educational, Catholic university located at the hub of Pittsburgh’s most cutting-edge industries, announces the launch of Carlow Impact Series, a locally held, globally focused speaker series that will bring national and world leaders to the university to participate on panels with local professionals, including Carlow faculty members. The impact-driven series will tackle the most pressing issues of our time, with an eye toward current practices at the global and regional level, across various practices.
“At Carlow University we strive to create an experience that is not only life-changing, but worldchanging,” says Carlow University President, Dr. Kathy Humphrey. “We are focused on creating generations of ethical leaders, who not only have the skills to be leaders in workforce development, healthcare, education, the arts, and service, but the empathy and spirit to work toward a more just and merciful world. The type of change we want to make in the world starts with bringing different perspectives to the table. We are launching the Carlow Impact Series for this very purpose.”
The series will kick off its inaugural event, The Arts and Science of Climate Change Solutions, on Feb. 26 at 7pm at the Rosemary Heyl Theatre in Antonian Hall, Carlow University, 3333 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, and will feature global expert, John Fernández, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Environmental Solutions Initiative. Fernández is widely recognized for his work on climate change, having enlisted the capacity of the MIT community in the transition to a net zero carbon, biodiverse and equitable future. He is a professor in the Department of Architecture at MIT, affiliated with the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and a practicing architect. Fernández founded and directs the MIT Urban Metabolism Group and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Commission on BiodiverCities by 2030, the Urban Climate Change Research Network and the Leadership
Team of Oceanvisions.
Fernández will be joined by:
● Erin Mallea – A multidisciplinary artist and Carlow adjunct professor, whose solo exhibit, Permissible Dose, investigates visual, auditory, and olfactory experiences of living in proximity to industrial pollution. ● Susan O’Rourke (Ed.D.) – Carlow University Professor of Education and Instructional Technology, and the co-leader for the Carlow Cares: Sligo, Ireland and Carlow Cares: Jamaica Study Abroad programs.
● Jennifer Roth (Ph.D.) – Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Carlow University, whose work involves health care programs rooted in social justice.
“Bringing people together from different disciplines, different perspectives, and with different solutions is critical to affecting change,” says Dr. Humphrey. “When it comes to addressing our greatest challenges, we cannot afford to work in silos. This series, starting with this impressive panel, will bridge those gaps and bring us closer to a more just and merciful world.”
Carlow Impact Series
WHAT: Tackling Climate Change: From Arts to Science
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 26 2024, 7pm
WHERE: Rosemary Heyl Theatre in Antonian Hall, Carlow University, 3333 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA HOW: Admission is FREE to the public. Tickets can be reserved at: https://bit.ly/47Zc22F
Carlow Impact Series takes on some of our world’s greatest challenges and explores regional approaches toward addressing them. Through these changemaking conversations we can be the pebble that causes a ripple effect of change—in our communities, our state, our nation, and the world. These discussions will be rooted in Carlow University’s programs and values, connecting the dots between its unique approach to higher education with global and national issues. Join us for our inaugural panel, featuring global climate change expert, John Fernández, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Environmental Solutions Initiative.
ABOUT CARLOW UNIVERSITY
Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university that is located at the hub of Pittsburgh’s most cutting-edge industries. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929, Carlow’s curricula and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and impactful service to the community. At Carlow University we strive to create an experience that is not only life-changing, but world-changing. We are creating generations of ethical leaders, who not only have the skills to be pioneers in workforce development, healthcare, education, the arts, and service, but the empathy and spirit to create meaningful societal changes. Carlow University is a brand of education that doesn’t exist anywhere else in higher education, but its impacts can change the course of our future. Rooted in unity and healing and led by compassion, we are redefining what a leader looks like —and it looks like a Carlow graduate.