History Professor Authors Article on Environmental Awareness

by Public Relations | May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017

Dr. Timothy KellyDr. Timothy Kelly, professor and chair of the Saint Vincent College Department of History in the School of Humanities and Fine Arts, authored an article, “Discerning an Environmental Ethos: Three Episodes in the Growth of Environmental Awareness in Western Pennsylvania,” in the Journal of Moral Theology.

“The article explores whether such an environmental ethos, articulated so clearly by Pope Francis in 2015 in Laudato Si’, has an antecedent among Catholics in northern Appalachia in the middle decades of the 20th century through the examination of three critical environmental episodes: the development of the subsistence homestead community of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, in the 1930s and 1940s, the Donora Smog episode of 1948, and the emergence of the modern environmental movement of the 1960s,” Kelly commented.  “My conclusion is that there is little evidence of an explicit environmental ethos in the Catholic public discourse in western Pennsylvania until the last decades of the 20th century.  Further research may uncover why Catholics seem so late in coming to focus on these critical concerns.”

Dr. Jason King, professor of theology at Saint Vincent, is the Journal editor and this special issue was edited by Dr. Christopher McMahon, associate professor of theology at Saint Vincent.

This issue was derived from a conference on Laudato Si’ and Northern Appalachia at Saint Vincent that King and McMahon organized and hosted.  Other Saint Vincent faculty also participated in the conference.

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Photo: Dr. Timothy Kelly

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