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Urban Action 10/11

This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)

Lectures explore ethics and virtue

Nazareth College will present two lectures by Lisa Fullam: "Practicing Doubt in the Pursuit of Truth" on Thursday, October 12, at 7 p.m. in the Otto Shults Community Center; and "Sex and Human Flourishing: The Witness of LGBTQ Catholics" on Friday, October 13, at 1:30 p.m., in the Golisano Academic Center. Fullam has earned two doctorates, one from Cornell University in veterinary medicine and the other from Harvard in theology. She is associate professor of theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and her research focuses on medical and sexual ethics.

Black Lives' global impact

RIT will host "Black Lives Matter: More than a Hashtag," a talk by Janaya Khan, on Wednesday, October 11. Khan is a social activist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter: Canada. Her writing has been featured in the Feminist Wire and Huffington Post and she will talk about the global impact the Black Lives Matter movement has had. Khan will speak in RIT's Ingle Auditorium, at 6:30 p.m.

Reading Rochester's economy

Rochester Downtown Development Corporation will present the "State of Rochester's Economy" on Tuesday, October 17. The panel discussion will feature Gary Keith, senior economist with M&T Bank; Peter Robinson, vice president and COO, University of Rochester Medical Center; Jim Senall, president of High Tech Rochester; and Susan Spencer, chair of FLREDC Next Gen Manufacturing and Technology. The panelists will look at the area's transition to a 21st century economic hub of innovation. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency, 125 East Main Street with a reception from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., registration from 11:30 a.m. to noon; and the lunch program from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tickets: RDDC members - $45; non-members - $60. Reservations: 546-6920 or [email protected]. Registration required.

Reversing global warming

First Unitarian Church will present "Introduction to Project Drawdown," a talk by author Paul Hawken, on Sunday, October 15. Hawken worked with a team of scientists and experts on climate change to develop a plan for reversing the impact of global warming. He says it's not too late to change the course we're on and save the planet by making small adjustments. The event will be held at 220 Winton Road South, at 6:30 p.m.