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Ellerbrock presentation tonight at 7:30

Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 03 - September 11, 1997

The need to reconcile the demands of economics, ecology, and religion in our communities will be investigated tonight, September 11, as part of the 125th Anniversary Distinguished Faculty lecture series.

Michael J. Ellerbrock, associate professor of agricultural and applied economics, will present the lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Squires Colonial Hall. Ellerbrock is also the director of the Center for Economic Education.

The lecture is entitled "Roots of Economics, Ecology, and Ecumenism: How Big Is the Household (OIKOS)?"

"Oikos is a Greek word meaning in essence that we all live in a household together," Ellerbrock said. "To many people the three disciplines of economics, ecology, and religion are natural enemies, but this isn't necessarily true. They all derive from the same concern for community, for making where we live a better place. I hope to show a synthesis of the three."

Ellerbrock is an environmental economist, and much of his work involves using the mechanisms of the marketplace to improve the environment. In addition, he is an ordained deacon in the Roman Catholic Church.

The convergence of the three disciplines "demonstrates the very definition of a land-grant university," Ellerbrock said.