Fred Bahnson, assistant professor and director of the Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, will speak Thursday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University.

A reception will precede the lecture at 5 p.m.

His presentation, “Tree of Life: Christianity in a Time of Climate Change,” will share Bahnson’s experiences from recent travels among faith-based environmentalists, exploring the challenges of climate change, the evolving face of American Christianity and Pope Francis’s call for Christianity’s “ecological conversion.”

Bahnson is the author of two books in the genre, “Churches Moving Beyond Hunger Relief” and, with Norman Wirzba, “Making Peace With the Land.” He also is a contributor to three anthologies of essays on related subjects.

Bahnson’s address is the third in the academic year’s Jerry Jackson Lectures in the Humanities Series, co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Honors College, and also supported by a number of other units and the Provost’s Visiting Scholar Fund.

The fourth and final lecture will be presented by WCU’s own Laura Wright, associate professor and head of the Department of English, on the subject of her book “The Vegan Body Project,” with a date likely in late February but yet to be determined.

For more information about this lecture or the series, contact John Whitmire at or 828-227-7262.