2013 is The Year of Energy and the Environment and currently has a compelling program of speakers, an informative course, and related activities.
Our new venture addresses four primary aspects of energy and the environment:
- An overview of energy uses and options.
- An examination of the constraints that impinge on both energy and the environment, including social issues, economics and technology.
- Identification of the criteria for what we value most.
- An evaluation of the options—technology, policy, strategy—to meet goals based on these criteria.
Presented in collaboration with the Canadian Rivers Institute, Renaissance College, and No Limits, the Andrews Initiative provided a thought-provoking and stimulating year of lectures, conversations, readings, seminars and activities about the all-important subject of WATER.
We looked at WATER from a range of perspectives, including the geo-political, scientific, historical, cultural, artistic, environmental, economic and sociological. With prominent national and international speakers, as well as local experts, we examined the integral and intricate role WATER plays in our lives and the lives of Earth’s 7 billion people.
2011, Our First Venture: Science and Spirituality in Contemporary Society
We offered the course Science and Religion: Understanding through Dialogue, which was taught by John Valk, Associate Professor of Worldview Studies at Renaissance College, every Wednesday from January 5 to April 6, 2011 both in the classroom in Fredericton and online.
Both undergraduates and mature learners participated in the class, examining the concepts, clashes, fault lines and points of intersection between Science and Religion. The 13-week non-denominational program included dialogue and discussion, thought-provoking readings and special speakers, including the internationally known author and philosopher of science, Michael Ruse.
The distinguished Dr. Ruse spent a week at UNB, starting February 21. In addition to meeting with the Science and Religion class, he made several public presentations including the prestigious Desmond Pacey Memorial Lecture. in Fredericton and Saint John.
Retired UNB historian R. Steven Turner served as an advisor to the Science and Spirituality theme of the Andrews Initiative.