LLS Center City Philadelphia

Fall 2018:

In 2018-19 all PHL courses will meet four times instead of the usual eight.  Tuition will reflect that. 


Oct. 2 – 23, 2018

Tuition: $275.00 per course

Apocalypse:  Hope and Despair in the Last Days (LLS 182PHL)

Meets Tuesdays, 6:45 – 9:15 p.m.

Oct. 2 – 23, 2018

3000 Two Logan Square (18th & Arch), Pepper Hamilton LLP

For millennia, speculation about the end of the world has fired the imaginations of Western cultures.  Today, environmental scientists argue that we are in the time of a massive extinction of species, including homo sapiens, while visionary philosophers and religious writers believe we are living into the last days based on ancient world-views.

This course asks how two seemingly unrelated ways of thinking – science and faith – are converging to shape our responses to the prospect of the world’s end. Readings include Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and Albert Camus’ The Plague.

The Professor: Mark Wallace, Professor of Religion and Environmental Studies at Swarthmore College.  He has been a visiting professor at The U. of P., and he is core faculty for the U.S. State Dep’t. at Temple U.  His books include When God Was a Bird (2018), Green Christianity (2010), and Finding God in the Singing River (2005).