Spartans Go Green To Host “Bicycling, Ethics, and Justice”

Feb 7, 2017

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Lauren M. Hartman, an assistant professor of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, will present “Bicycling, Ethics, and Justice” at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Blades Chapel on the University of Dubuque campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The presentation is hosted by Spartans Go Green, a student organization at UD with a mission to create a sustainable campus culture focused on environmental integrity, resiliency, and stewardship.

“The way we get from Point A to Point B is not just a logistical question: it's also an ethical question,” Hartman said. “Some modes of transportation are more conducive to fostering community well-being and environmental flourishing than others. An examination of bicycling – from its exclusionary history to its revolutionary physics to its symbolic meaning – allows for an insightful ethical analysis not only of bicycles but of transportation itself.”

Hartman, who has a background in applied Christian ethics, has focused her research on the spiritual and ethical import of everyday decisions and how these translate into collective decision making. She is the author of The Christian Consumer: Living Faithfully in a Fragile World and editor of the forthcoming Flourishing: Comparative Religious Environmental Ethics.