The second public lecture took the structure of a panel discusion.

Theme: Pacific Philosophies on Ecology

-Fr. Falani Terry, Lecturer in Philosophy, PRS
-Rev. Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai, Associate Professor in Theology and Ethics, PTC
-Dr. Frances Koya Vaka’uta, Senior Lecturer, FALE – USP
-Margaret Vakalalabure, Coordinator, FLMMA

Date: Thursday 27th July 2017

Venue: Australia Pacific Performance Space, University of the South Pacific (USP)

Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

The theme of this lecture panel is an attempt to raise awareness and debate on an issue that is far-reaching in its consequences to human existence – the ecological crisis. Ecology, as understood in most Pacific indigenous communities, is both the relationship among the people in a community and the relationship with their natural environment. The well-being and wholeness of these myriad relationships are dependent on the ethics and values systems that govern them. Pertinent to the issue is the question: what are the religious, traditional and cultural resources at our disposal that will help us with reweaving the ecological mat?

The panel discussions were followed by a moderated question and answer session and refreshments.

For more information about the public lecture series, contact Moira Raduva on 3301 360 or email:

The public lecture series is co-hosted by the
-Pacific Regional Seminary,
-Pacific Heritage Hub, and the
-Faculty of Arts, Law and Education of the University of the South Pacific.