Monday, January 30, 2012

Marquette University's Mission Week 2012: Who is my neighbor?

Each February, the Marquette community pauses to reflect on our university's Catholic, Jesuit mission. Mission Week is the time set aside to recall our larger purpose and the Ignatian heritage and spirituality that guide us throughout the year.

This year’s theme is “Who is my neighbor?” Throughout the week of Feb. 19, the Marquette community will be invited to reflect on who their neighbors are locally, nationally and internationally, and to examine how they can create international networks to address issues of faith, justice and ecology.
The week will begin Sunday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m., with a Mass at the Church of the Gesu celebrated by Father Doug Leonhardt, S.J. Marquette President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., will join Father Leonhardt as homilist.
The keynote address will be given by Dr. Bernard Amadei, founding president of Engineers Without Borders USA and co-founder of Engineers Without Borders — International. His address, Engineering for the Developing World: From Crisis to Development, will be Tuesday, Feb. 21 in AMU Monaghan Ballroom at 4 p.m.

Amadei  is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder and director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities. Amadei dedicates his curriculum and research to educating globally responsible engineering students and professionals who can help create sustainable solutions to the endemic problems faced by developing communities worldwide.

Amadei will discuss how population growth, especially in developing or underdeveloped countries, will create unprecedented demands on resources that will be critical for engineers to address. He will propose ways that we can contribute to the building of a more sustainable, stable and equitable world.

To see all Mission Week activities, and to sign up to attend events, visitwww.marquette.edu/missionweek.

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