Notre Dame de Namur University’s Dorothy Stang Center to Host Speaker Series
On Environmental and Social Justice Issues

Belmont, CA, March 14, 2011—The Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement at Notre Dame de Namur University will launch an annual speaker series beginning this month to focus attention on social justice and environmental issues.

This year’s series, entitled “Nature’s Heroes,” will feature two speakers who will examine the impact human activity is having on other species, with which we share the planet, and on the world’s dwindling supply of water. The Dorothy Stang Center’s mission is to increase awareness and activism around social justice and environmental issues.

“We regard sustainability as very much a social justice issue,” said Dr. Cheryl Joseph, co-director of the Dorothy Stang Center. “The damage that we do to the environment has a disproportionately negative impact on those who are least able to cope with drastic environmental change. This includes disadvantaged people in all cultures and even other species, whose survival is ultimately closely linked to our own. ”

The two speakers for this spring are Miranda Loud, founder of The Elephant Project, who will appear on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Ralston Hall Mansion. Her talk entitled “Saving the Elephants, Saving Ourselves: The Role of Arts in Social Change” …” to “addresses the similarities human share with other animals and the ways in which various art forms can be used to promote social change.”

Alexa La Plante, an expert on water quality will appear on April 19, during earth week. Her talk is titled “Water, Water…Nowhere.”  The speaker series is open to the public. Ralston Hall is located on the campus of Notre Dame de Namur University at 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA.