Dordt College News

Climate change, environment topics of Nov. 6 speaker

November 6, 2008


This year’s Association of Reformed Institutions of Higher Education lecturer, Dr. John R. Wood, will present two public lectures at Dordt College on Thursday, November 6, at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Wood is a professor of biology and environmental studies at The King’s University College in Edmonton, and the academic dean for the Au Sable Institute for Environmental Studies. He has a life-long interest in theology and nature, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, with an emphasis in stream ecology and insect behavior.

“My Climate, Your Climate, Our Watery Change” is the topic of his 3:30 p.m. lecture in Dordt’s Science and Technology Center lecture hall S101. Dr. Wood will discuss observations of climate change in streams and the glacier strewn mountains feeding them.

“Shalom and a Sense of Place” is the topic of his 7:30 p.m. lecture, also in lecture hall S101. Wood says the scriptural picture of our place and of the good life is described by the ancient word “Shalom.” Rediscovering this biblical concept offers serviceable insight into new avenues for scholarship and the practice of sustained living. Shalom is about fullness and the flourishing of all of God's creatures.

Dr. Wood’s lectures are sponsored by the agriculture and environmental studies departments at Dordt.

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