September 19, 2016

International environmental ethics philosopher to deliver 10th Annual Myser Lecture

Kristin Shrader-Frechette and her husband, Maurice Shrader-Frechette at the World Technology Awards. Photo supplied.

Kristin Shrader-Frechette, a scholar, advocate for environmental justice, and a leader in science and policy, will present the tenth annual Myser Lecture Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.

At the University of Notre Dame, she is the O’Neill Family Professor of Philosophy and Concurrent Professor of Biological Sciences and also directs the Center for Environmental Justice and Children’s Health. Her research analyzes mathematical, biological, or ethical problems in risk assessment, public health, or environmental justice – especially those related to radiological, ecological, and energy-related risks. For the past 30 years she and her students have partnered with poor or minority communities, scientists and attorneys to provide and conduct pro-bono environmental justice research and service work
in the U.S., Africa and Latin America.

In 2004 Shrader-Frechette became only the third American to win the World Technology Award in Ethics for her work in public health and environmental ethics. In 2007, Catholic Digest named her one of 12 "Heroes for the US and the World" because of her pro-bono environmental-justice. In 2011, Tufts University honored her with the Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award.

She is the author of 17 books and over 400 articles. Her 2007 book, Taking Action, Saving Lives: Our Duties to Protect Environmental and Public Health, was nominated for a National Book Award in nonfiction. She was the first woman president of three national organizations: the Society for
Philosophy and Technology, the Risk Assessment and Policy Association and the International Society for Environmental Ethics.

Speaking to university, government, and industrial groups across the nation and the world, Shrader-Frechette has been invited to address the National Academies of Science in three countries and has served as an advisor to numerous governments and international organizations, including the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

This event is free and open to the public, however tickets are required and are available at The O’Shaughnessy Ticket Office.

About the Myser Initiative

The Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity annually brings professionals who exemplify, in their life and work, the values and principles inherent in the Catholic Identity of St. Catherine University. The initiative infuses Catholic perspectives and understandings more deeply into the curriculum and daily life on campus. Workshops and discussion groups promote greater depth of thought, inquiry, sharing, listening, dialog and understanding about the Catholic faith and understanding the great spiritual resources alive and accessible in every religion.