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Krost Symposium 2014

September 3 2014 - October 28 2014 10:00am - 11:20am   |   Location: TLU Campus

Krost Symposium 2014

Environmental Justice: Texan Responses to Global Crises

The Krost Symposium is an annual academic event that is free and open to the public.

This year’s theme, Environmental Justice: Texan Responses to Global Crises, explores exactly what environmental justice is and how we can work together to solve current issues that will impact future generations. Urban revitalizer Majora Carter explains environmental justice as “no community should be saddled with more environmental burdens and less environmental benefits than any other.” While it may seem like an abstract concept, even in Seguin, we are impacted by environmental concerns. 

The 2014 theme will also examine what current generations owe to their descendants and their environmental heritage. Other goals for the symposium include drawing attention to carbon footprints, incorporating perspectives from the natural sciences, promoting action, focusing on Texas and local issues, and emphasizing actual changes that can be made both in personal lifestyles and public policies. In line with the theme, several speakers will present through video-conferencing technology.

Schedule of Events

Segment 1

Wednesday, September 3

  • 10:00-10:20 a.m. -  Preaching Environmental Justice in "The Purple Zone" (video conference), Leah Schade - Chapel of the Abiding Presence
  • 10:30-11:20 a.m. -  Where Would Jesus Frack? A Christian Ethical Perspective (video conference), Leah Schade - Chapel of the Abiding Presence

Thursday, September 4

  • 9:30-10:20 a.m. -  Global View on Environmental Justice (video conference), Vaclav Smil - Jackson Auditorium

Saturday, September 6

  • 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - HOT Dogs Day of Service with multiple new projects focused on environmental justice

Segment 2

Wednesday, September 17

  • 10:00-10:20 a.m. -  A Great Awakening (video conference), David Rhoads - Chapel of the Abiding Presence
  • 10:30-11:20 a.m. -  Why We Don't Act and How We Can (video conference), David Rhoads - Chapel of the Abiding Presence
  • 5:00-8:00 p.m. - Repair Fair hosted by the TLU Sustainability Committee - Alumni Student Center

Thursday, September 18

  • 9:30-10:20 a.m. -  Energy and Justice for the Seventh Generation (video conference), Winona LaDuke - Jackson Auditorium

Monday, September 29

  • 7:30-9:00 p.m. -  Starlit Discussion: Global Environmental Efforts -  AT&T Science Building Commons

Segment 3

Wednesday, October 8

  • 10:00-10:20 a.m. -  I Pledge Allegiance…, Lucas Land - Chapel of the Abiding Presence
  • 10:30-11:20 a.m. -  Watershed Discipleship: An Ethical & Theological Framework for Ecological Justice, Lucas Land - Chapel of the Abiding Presence
  • 1:00 p.m. -  Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the U.S. (informal presentation), Robert Bullard - Chapel of the Abiding Presence
  • 7:00 p.m. - Giesber Keynote Lecture:  Building Just and Sustainable Communities for All: Why Equity Matters, Robert Bullard - Jackson Auditorium

Thursday, October 9

  • 8:30-9:20 a.m. - Texas, Equity, and Water, Ken Kramer - Jackson Auditorium
  • 9:30-10:20 a.m. - Texas A&M Colonias Program - Jackson Auditorium
  • 10:30-11:45 a.m. - Panel Discussion: Texan Responses to Environmental Justice with Carmen Llanes Pulido, Myrna Esquivel, Lucas Land, Kamala Platt & Paul Martin - Jackson Auditorium
  • 1:00-1:50 p.m. - Presentation & Advocacy Opportunities: Texas Interfaith Power & Light - Jackson Auditorium

Segment 4

Monday, October 27

7:30-9:00 p.m. - Starlit Discussion: Personal Experiences of Environmental Justice - AT&T Science Building Commons

Tuesday, October 28

  • Afternoon - Recycling event hosted by the TLU Sustainability Committee
  • 5:30-6:45 p.m. - Reception & TLU Student Poster Presentations - Tschoepe Hall Atrium
  • 7:00-8:30 p.m. - Panel on Corporate Social Responsibility & Environmental Justice - Dunne Conference Room, Tschoepe Hall

Guests & Presenters

Leah Schade

Wednesday, September 3, 10:00-10:20 a.m. - Chapel Talk (video conference) & 10:30-11:20 a.m. - Presentation (video conference)

Reverend Leah Schade is the pastor of United in Christ Lutheran Church in Lewisburg, Penn. and founder of the Interfaith Sacred Earth Coalition of the Susquehanna Valley. The coalition seeks to protect creation and public health in the face of environmental devastation while promoting the use of non-fossil-fuel energy sources and interfaith dialogue for the great work of this age. Rev. Schade completed her dissertation on preaching and ecological theology and received her Ph.D. from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She recently served on the bipartisan Task Force on Hydraulic Fracturing for the Upper Susquehanna Synod and co-authored a resolution calling for the repeal of the “fracking loopholes” that exempt shale gas and oil drilling from the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act. The resolution was approved by the 2014 Synod Assembly.

Vaclav Smil

Thursday, September 4, 9:30-10:20 a.m. (video conference)

Dr. Smil is a distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Manitoba, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Science Academy), and a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2010, he was listed by Foreign Policy among the top 100 global thinkers. Vaclav Smil does interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment, and public policy. He has published 35 books and more than 400 papers on these topics.

David Rhoads

Wednesday, September 17, 10:00-10:20 a.m. - Chapel Talk (video conference) & 10:30-11:20 a.m. - Presentation (video conference)

David Rhoads is the director of Lutherans Restoring Creation, a resource for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Rhoads is a retired professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and is the author of numerous articles and books including Mark as Story and The Challenge of Diversity. In 2007, he edited community Earth and Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet—a collection of sermons from well-known environmentalists in faith. He is a passionate advocate for eco-justice and environmental ministry.

Winona LaDuke

Thursday, September 18, 9:30-10:20 a.m. (video conference)

Former Green Party candidate for U.S. Vice President, Winona LaDuke is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg who lives and works on the White Earth Reservations of Minnesota. As executive director of Honor the Earth, and a graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. She works on a national level to advocate, raise public support, and create funding for frontline native environmental groups. She is the author of six books including Last Standing Woman, All our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life, and Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming.

Lucas Land

Wednesday, October 8, 10:00-10:20 a.m. - Chapel Talk & 10:30-11:20 a.m. - Presentation

Thursday, October 9, 10:30-11:45 a.m. - Panelist, Texan Responses to Environmental Justice

A 2001 TLU graduate and author of the new chapter on sustainability for the TLU FREX Reader, Lucas Land is an eco-theologian and urban farmer living in Waco, Texas. In addition to his music degree from TLU, he holds a Master of Divinity in global missions from George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

Robert Bullard

Wednesday, October 8, 1:00 p.m. - Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the U.S. & 7:00 p.m. - Giesber Keynote Lecture

Often described as the “Father of Environmental Justice,” Bullard is the Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University in Houston. He is the author of 17 books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century.

Ken Kramer

Thursday, October 9, 8:30-9:20 a.m. - Presentation on Texas, Equity, and Water

Volunteer Water Resources Chair and Legislative Advisor for the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, Kramer ’69 recently retired after 23 years as the first director of the Lone Star Chapter. In addition to a bachelor’s degree from TLU, he holds a master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Ph.D. in political science from Rice University.

Texas A&M Colonias Program

Thursday, October 9, 9:30-10:20 a.m. - Interdisciplinary presentation about their program

For more than two decades, the Texas A&M Colonias Program, overseen by the College of Architecture, has been implementing sustainable solutions aimed at transforming small, rural, unincorporated communities in the Texas borderland. Most colonias lack one or more of the physical infrastructure amenities that many of us take for granted: running water, sewer systems, paved roads and storm drainage. One recent high-profile innovation developed by an interdisciplinary team within the Colonias Program is a unique and inexpensive water filtration system using clay and sawdust.

Carmen Llanes Pulido

Thursday, October 9, 10:30-11:45 a.m. - Panelist, Texan Responses to Environmental Justice

Carmen Llanes Pulido is the Community Programs Coordinator for GO Austin/VAMOS Austin (GAVA), a place-based capacity building initiative in Southeast Austin, designed to improve access to green space, healthy food, and healthy living. She works for Marathon Kids in collaboration with residents and a variety of institutions, using a community organizing approach to drive systemic changes. Carmen was first introduced to organizing and Environmental Justice as a youth intern with People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources (PODER) in East Austin, through their Young Scholars for Justice program. Carmen became a PODER organizer and research analyst for four years after graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Environmental Studies in 2007, and continues to volunteer with PODER. Carmen also serves on Texas' first Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, which created new single-member districts for the City of Austin. This November will be Austin's first city council election under a new system granting geographic representation to voters.

Myrna Rodriguez Esquivel

Thursday, October 9, 10:30-11:45 a.m. - Panelist, Texan Responses to Environmental Justice

Myrna Esquivel, a native San Antonian, is the program manager for San Antonio's Green and Healthy Homes (SAGHH) program. She has more than 20 years of experience in the environmental profession with 17 of those years addressing environmental hazards in housing. Esquivel writes, implements and manages the federal grants that support the SAGHH and its staff. She established the LeadSafe San Antonio Task Forcee—a group of local partners from both public and private sectors who meet biannually to discuss updates in achieving SAGHH goals. SAGHH is one of the original sites selected for the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative and serves as the national model for green and healthy homes interventions. She has a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Texas San Antonio.

Paul Martin

Thursday, October 9, 10:30-11:45 a.m. - Panelist, Texan Responses to Environmental Justice

Paul Martin was raised in south Texas and lives in Seguin. He received a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Florida in 1976, worked in the Texas Department of Agriculture under Jim Hightower and taught in the biology department of St. Philip’s College for several decades. In 2006, he helped establish the Siempre Sustainable Network of Seguin—a group committed to raising ecological awareness and seeking environmental justice in Seguin and surrounding areas. In recent years, through his hard work and persistence, community gardens have been established in a variety of locations on the west side of Seguin and multiple organizations have benefited from the work of Ogallala Commons interns.

Kamala Platt

Thursday, October 9, 10:30-11:45 a.m. - Panelist, Texan Responses to Environmental Justice

Kamala Platt is an adjunct profesora, artist, independent scholar and author, in South Texas and at The Meadowlark Center in Kansas. Her collections of poems include Weedslovers: Ten Years in the Shadow of September, On the Line, and Kinientos. She has made numerous contributions to academic, cultural and community-based journals and anthologies. Through “green rascuache” life ways, she traverses ecological and cultural borderlands finding and sharing footholds of environmental and social justice, as well as well being amidst the crises of a feverish planet. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, a Master of Arts in interdisciplinary arts from Columbia College in Chicago, and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Texas at Austin. Her undergraduate work was completed at Bethel College in Kansas.

Texas Interfaith Power & Light

Thursday, October 9, 1:00-1:50 p.m. - Presentation and advocacy opportunities

Based in Austin, Texas Interfaith Power and Light (TXIPL) is a nonprofit, religious education project that helps congregations of all faiths in Texas take action to reduce global warming and air pollution through energy conservation and renewable energy strategies. TXIPL is one of 38 state IPL organizations. TXIPL is Texas’ only statewide, interfaith environmental organization with formal ties to the state’s Christian, Jewish and Muslim denominational bodies. TXIPL is also the environmental program of The Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy.

Mike Karlovich

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7:00-8:30 p.m. - Panelist, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Justice

Mike Karlovich is the environment, health and safety (EHS) regional manager for Caterpillar, Inc. He supports Caterpillar’s manufacturing footprint in the southwest Region of the United States with a focus on compliance and mentoring. Facilities in the region include Denison, Waco, Seguin, Schertz, San Antonio and Victoria, Texas, with other locations in Santa Fe, N.M., and Tucson and Tinaja Hills, Ariz. He has more than nine years of expertise and experience in EHS. Before Caterpillar, he developed spent 13 years in leadership roles developing in operational excellence with Alcoa, Maytag and Gates Rubber Company. Karlovich has an associate’s degree from Carl Sandburg College, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Evansville and an MBA from St. Ambrose University. He is a member and vice president of the South Texas Chapter of American Society of Safety Engineers, a certified safety professional, an occupational health and safety technologist, a radiation safety officer and a certified Safe Start instructor.

About Krost Symposium

TLU’s annual Krost Symposium brings together scholars, journalists, government officials, community leaders and others to discuss relevant and important issues of our time. Past symposium topics range from nuclear war to health care to the theological concepts of suffering and salvation. The symposium is one element of the university’s Krost Life Enrichment Program, established in 1977 to foster the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual development of TLU students and the broader community. The program’s commitment to developing the whole person – body, mind and spirit – is a manifestation of, and central to, TLU’s mission of preparing young women and men for lives of purpose through leadership and service to others.

One of the founding fathers of the Krost Life Enrichment Program and Krost Symposium was Dr. Frank Giesber, professor emeritus of economics, who served Texas Lutheran as academic dean when the idea of the Krost program and symposium became a reality. In recognition of Dr. Giesber’s contributions to the establishment and on-going support of the Krost Program, the keynote presentation of each Krost Symposium is now titled the Frank Giesber Lecture.

Krost Life Enrichment Program

Krost Life Enrichment Program received its first funding in 1977 by Dr. Frederick Elliott. After the first funding, others such as the Lily Johnson Foundation followed, which gave a stipend for the construction of the Krost Building. Generous donations have made it possible for students of Texas Lutheran to take part in an intellectual and physical application to life.

The Krost Life Enrichment Program seeks to promote a whole person approach to life, which integrates the intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social well being of an individual. All students are urged to enroll in the program for a fitness evaluation, consisting of a graded exercise test to determine the fitness level and amount of body fat that exists. Counseling and planning sessions in which personal health practices, attitudes, and life objectives are explored follows the fitness evaluation and are incorporated into a wellness course.

The Krost program also provides academic enrichment opportunities for students in departments through internships and work-study programs. These internships and programs are sponsored by Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine, NASA, and Texas Medical Center depending on the field that interests the student. These sponsors also support the Krost Symposium that is planned to foster intellectual inquiry with speakers of national and international stature.

Going beyond Texas Lutheran, Krost Life Enrichment has supported the field of environmental science and the outdoor recreation program. Recently the Krost Program has also supported the Astronomy Club. The program also purchases student art at the TLU Student Art Show each year. The Krost program creates students at TLU that are more complete when they graduate and are more prosperous in the real world.

2014 Krost Committee

  • Tim Barr
  • Sydney Blake
  • Alison Bray
  • Annette Citzler
  • Lisa Cradit
  • Margaret Gonzales
  • Holly Lutze
  • Wallace Pressley
  • Terry Price
  • Jonathan Zitelman

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