Becoming Lasallian

Institute for the Advancement of Catholic & Lasallian Education

General Information

All Lewis students, faculty, staff, and community partners are invited to attend the 8th Annual Lasallian Colloquium on "Reimagining the Classroom: Teaching , Learning & (Grand)Parenting in the Age of Climate Crisis".

Keynote: Theodore Richards

Author and Facilitator

Theodore RichardsTheodore Richards is a writer, philosopher, and educator. He is the founder of The Chicago Wisdom Project and the author of eight books and has received numerous literary awards,  including three Independent Publisher Awards and two Nautilus Book  Awards.

He lives on the south side of Chicago with his wife  and three daughters. You can find out more about him and his work at


Thursday, March 16, 2023


6:30pm - 8pm


    Lewis University
    St. Charles Borromeo North Campus
    Convocation Hall
    101 Airport Road, Romeoville, IL 60446


    Via Zoom.

    Link to join the event will be sent to you later via email.


If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Buss at

Guests are encouraged to read "Reimagining the Classroom..." before the event to help with the discussion.

Registration Deadline: March 9, 2023

An education doesn’t merely provide a student with information and skills; it offers a worldview that is understood by the subtle narratives and practices that shape the classroom and the life of the student. A classroom is a microcosm, a metaphor for the world. In this way, we are all students; any space in which these narratives are reinforced or transformed is a classroom.

Our world today is beset with seemingly disparate crises that range from climate change to economic and racial inequality to geopolitical upheaval. But all of these problems—and their solutions—can be related to the core values that we are taught through the core narratives of our culture: independence, competition, isolation, disconnection.

If the problem itself is disconnection/fragmentation, then we must learn to think in terms of interconnection. In this way, the inner crisis (loneliness, depression, anxiety) cannot be separated from the outer (injustice, climate crisis, pandemic). This requires new ways of teaching and learning that emphasize (a) a new story that emphasizes interconnection and (b) new metaphors to shape our classrooms.

This event is co-sponsored by The Well.

Registration is now closed. If you have any questions, contact Jennifer Buss at