Holmes Rolston To Speak at Quest Induction

March 15, 2004

Holmes Rolston III, university distinguished professor of philosophy at Colorado State University, will speak at Mary Baldwin’s Quest induction, Sunday, March 21, at 5 p.m. in Miller Chapel on the Mary Baldwin University campus, Staunton.

Rolston is recognized as the father of environmental ethics as a modern academic discipline. He has devoted his career to the development of a philosophical interpretation of the natural world. His educational career included studying physics as an undergraduate at Davidson College, then entering theological seminary and completing a Ph.D. in theology at Edinburgh University, Scotland. He then worked as a Presbyterian pastor before earning a master’s degree in philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh.

He was named by the U. S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment to an Advisory Board for a study of biodiversity and legislation. He is past president of the International Society for Environmental Ethics and has served on the Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation Biology. He serves on the Advisory Board, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion.

Quest is a unique program that helps students integrate religious commitments, intellectual development, and service. The program entails two years of spiritual direction, academic courses, and enrichment activities that support an individual’s efforts to make sense of life, learning, and faith. Quest honors each student’s religious experience, faith tradition, and personal values. At the same time, it challenges her to learn from other students whose beliefs and commitments she does not share. Students are required to participate in a worshiping community of their choice, but at the same time they are learning to live in a world of religious diversity.

To learn more about Quest, visit their Web site at https://go.marybaldwin.edu/quest/ .