Conference on Civilizational Prospects – An Interdisciplinary Dialogue

This exciting interdisciplinary conference will explore complex civilizational challenges (“Wicked Problems”) from four intersecting perspectives: evolutionary science, theology, global studies and future studies. If you are interested in presenting at the conference, the organizers welcome your proposal.

The event will take place on Friday, November 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Chancellor’s Suite located on the lower level of the Bishop Dougherty University Center.

For more information contact: Dr. Lisa Rose-Wiles, Professor, University Libraries. Phone: (973) 275-2047, E-Mail:

Civilization Prospects: Engaging Wicked Problems

A new and exciting Seton Hall University Conference “Civilizational Prospects: Engaging Wicked Problems” will be held Friday, November 17th, 9-4.30 p.m. in the Chancellor’s Suite. The Civilizational Prospects Project is requesting proposal submissions through September 20, 2023.

Organizers plan to offer an array of exciting sessions that consider the greatest challenges to the future of our civilization from one or more of four intersecting perspectives: evolutionary science, global studies, theology, and future studies. The objective of the conference is to foster interdisciplinary conversations that can integrate these four intellectual streams and forge continuing academic partnerships within Seton Hall and across the wider academic community. Most importantly, the aim is to explore concrete solutions or tangible pathways to address acute civilizational challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Conference co-chair Anthony Haynor observes that “in an age, they say, of so much information but too little wisdom, pondering our civilizational prospects could hardly be more important. We will be inviting scholars to our conference to reflect on where we are now, how we have gotten to this point, and how to meet the civilizational challenges that lie ahead.”

University Libraries faculty member and fellow conference co-chair Lisa Rose-Wiles, Ph.D. also notes that: “this conference is a fabulous opportunity for scholars from different disciplines and perspectives to come together to engage some of the world’s most difficult problems.”

The website for abstract submissions, due by September 30, 2023 is:

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Professors Anthony HaynorLisa Rose-Wiles or Youssef Yacoubi.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies and the Center for Vocation & Servant Leadership, and additionally supported by an Academies Seed Grant from the Office of the Provost.

Categories: Faith and Service, Research

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Rose-Wiles

(973) 275-2047