Jubilee Symposium

Dominicus Gent (formerly KUC, Catholic University Center) celebrates its 40th anniversary with a SYMPOSIUM in co-organization with the Center for Sustainable Development of Ghent UniversityTransition to a sustainable world: a role for ecological spirituality?

Karen Armstrong – keynote speaker
Talks about her most recent book: Sacred Nature. How we can recover our bond with the natural environment.

Karen Armstrong is one of the leading authors on issues of religion and belief. She builds on current scientific insights and is committed to social issues. She studied the link between religion and violence and edited the globally supported Charter for Compassion. In her most recent book on Sacred Nature, she discusses the relationship with our natural environment and sees ecological spirituality as a path to solutions for major social problems.

Tine Hens – guest speaker
Is a historian, journalist and author of, among others, The world we share. In her book ‘It’s all the fault of the Chinese!’ she refutes the arguments put forward by climate skeptics. She writes for Knack and MO, among others. She also wrote a children’s book on climate change.

Hendrik Vos – guest speaker
Is a Belgian political scientist. Vos is affiliated with Ghent University, where he is also director of the Center for EU Studies. His specializations are European Politics, Decision-making in the European Union and Current issues of European politics. He is the author of This is Europe. The History of a Union”.

6 p.m. – 6.15 pm: introduction and welcome by Els Goetghebeur (Dominicus Ghent and UGent) and Erik Paredis (Center for Sustainable Development, UGent)
6.15 p.m. – 6.55 pm: Karen Armstrong on the theme of Sacred Nature
6.55 p.m. – 7.15 pm: Tine Hens reflects
7:15 p.m. – 7.35 pm: Hendrik Vos reflects
until 8.30 pm: time for an exchange with sandwiches and drinks (in the peristillium)
8.30 p.m. – 9.30 pm: interview with young people & co, moderator Gie Goris, former editor-in-chief MO
9.30 p.m. – 10 p.m.: reception with an opportunity to buy books

When? Thursday 17 November 2022 from 6 pm to 10 pm
Where? Aula University Ghent, Voldersstraat 9, 9000 Gent
Registration Fee: 15 euros – 5 euros for students (including sustainable sandwiches and drinks)
Transfer to rack. BE59 0350 8672 6226 by Dominicus Gent (with indication of number of participants, name + Ecosymposium)
Sign up?
by email: ecosymposium1711@gmail.com