Instructor: TRN140Y1 Ethics, Humans, and Nature
Fellow of the College
Tel: 416-978-3293, ext. 83293
Dr. Stephen Bede Scharper is a professor, author, editor, journalist and public scholar with a special focus on social justice and the environment. He is also Associate Professor at the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto and the Department of Anthropology at University of Toronto at Mississauga. Dr. Scharper’s research and teaching are in the areas of environmental ethics, worldviews and ecology, religion and ecology, liberation theology, sustainability ethics, as well as nature and the city. His recent books include For Earth’s Sake: Toward a Compassionate Ecology (Novalis), The Natural City: Re-envisioning Human Settlements (co-editor, University of Toronto Press), and Redeeming the Time: A Political Theology of the Environment (Continuum). His latest bookThe Green Bible: Words of Hope for a Suffering World, co-written with Simon Appolloni (Paulist Press/Novalis) was published in 2020.
Dr. Scharper strives to embody the values of public scholarship and a deep commitment to public engagement with environmental and social justice issues. A prolific writer and scholar, he has contributed over 500 reviews and articles to various academic and popular journals, and served as president of the Religious Education Association of the US and Canada, and editor with Orbis Books and Novalis Publishing. Dr. Scharper has taught at McGill University, Prescott College, the University of Waterloo, the University of Vermont, and the University of Notre Dame, where he held the John A. O’Brien Chair in Ethics as a Visiting Professor. His biography appears in Who’s Who in Religion? and Who’s Who in Canada?
Instructor: TRN141Y1 Environmental Science and Pathways to Sustainability; and TRN312H1 Sustainability Issues in Ethics, Society & Law
Tel: 416-978-2168, ext. 82168
Nicole Spiegelaar is an Assistant Professor with Trinity College and the School of the Environment in the teaching stream. She works with complex adaptive systems theory and interdisciplinary knowledge integration to address sustainability challenges. Her current research looks at the natural environment as a setting and systems-model for mental wellness and is informed by Indigenous Knowledge of the James Bay Cree, Environmental Psychology and Ecosystems Science. This is formative in Nicole’s approach to sustainability programming, where interdisciplinary experiential learning and complexity not only provide students with critical skills to address global sustainability issues, they promote sustainable behaviour and foster student psycho-social resiliency in uncertain times. Nicole sees great potential for intentional design of academic spaces and pedagogy that encourages integrated thinking, collaborative relationships, and healthy student experiences.