April 8-9, 2016
“Changing Climate, Changing Minds,” a seminar at Dartmouth College with Terry Tempest Williams, James McCarthy, Sally Bingham and David Loy
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Predictions of the dire effects of human activity on world climate compel us to inspect the course of society itself. We are faced with a new kind of peril, not a foreign enemy but our way of life. In these unsettled times, what firm ground is left? What vantage point offers perspective on our own culture and a new way forward?
In this seminar, we call upon sources of social critique to help us reflect on climate change and on society itself:the spiritual, the scientific, the independent thinker and writer.Our goal is to combine insight and creative thought with a third aim: wise action.Reflection reveals what we can and must do in response to climate change, but its realization is collective action “in league with all beings.”
We invite the Dartmouth community and the public to join a conversation with four presenters – a writer, a Zen Buddhist teacher, a climate scientist and an Episcopalian priest - and with local leaders involved in efforts to address climate change.Our discussion will be framed by opportunities for meditation in accordance with traditions represented in the seminar.
Friday, April 8
|6:30-7:00 pm||Silent Meditation (non-denominational, optional). Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall|
|7:00-8:00 pm||Keynote Address, Terry Tempest Williams, American author and conservationist; Provostial Fellow teaching at Dartmouth. Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall|
Saturday, April 9
|8:00-8:45 am||Meditation Session, Rollins Chapel (also available for individual meditation from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm|
|9:00-9:45 am||Jim McCarthy, Alexander Agazziz Professor of Oceanography, Harvard University; Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall|
|9:45-10:30 am||David Loy Buddhist scholar, teacher, and author, Co-editor of A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency. Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall|
|10:30-10:45 am||Coffee break|
|10:45-11:30 am||Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, President and Founder of the Regeneration Project and its Interfaith Power and Light Campaign. Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall|
|11:30-12:30 pm||Panel discussion and Q&A with McCarthy, Loy and Bingham. Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall|
|12:45-1:45 pm||Lunch. 1953 Commons Second Floor Space (Approx. $10.50 cash or credit card)|
|2:00-2:15 pm||Introduce Breakout Sessions|
|2:30-3:30 pm||Breakout Sessions|
|3:30-3:45 pm||Coffee Break|
|3:45-4:45 pm||Wrap-up Plenary Session. Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall|
|5:00-5:30 pm||Concluding Meditation Session, Rollins Chapel|
Brought to you by the Porter Family Fund for Sustainability in the Curriculum, the Dartmouth Sustainability Office, the Dartmouth Special Programs and Events Committee, Harmon Family Foundation, The William Jewett Tucker Center, Upper Valley Sierra Club, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Dartmouth Zen Practice, Karmê Chöling Shambhala Meditation Center, White River Shambhala Center, League of Conservation Voters, Wonderwell Mountain Refuge and Valley Insight Meditation Society. The Norwich Bookstore has kindly supported our efforts by agreeing to sell books which may help inform this discussion.
Free and Open to the Public. Click HERE for a map of locations and parking.