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Culminating Conference

Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) Culminating Conference:


Religion, Ethics, and the Environment: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue


September 17-20, 1998




Thursday, September 17




Lawrence Sullivan, Director, CSWR


John Berthrong, Boston University


The Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology


Speakers - John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker, Bucknell University


Cosmology, Worldviews, and Ecology


Moderator - Mary Evelyn Tucker, Bucknell University


Panel - E. O. Wilson, Harvard University


Niles Eldredge, American Museum of Natural History


Gordon Kaufman, Harvard University


Thomas Berry, Fordham University, Emeritus


Environmental Ethics and World Religions


Speakers - J. Baird Callicott, University of North Texas


Steven Rockefeller, Middlebury College


Dinner speakers - Tu Weiming, Harvard University


Michael McElroy, Harvard University




Friday, September 18


Religious Perspectives on the Environment: Panel Discussion


Moderator - Lawrence Sullivan, Harvard University


Hinduism - Lance Nelson, University of San Diego


Buddhism - Donald Swearer, Swathmore College


Confucianism - Tu Weiming, Harvard University


Taoism - James Miller, Boston University


Shinto - Rosemarie Bernard, Harvard University


Indigenous Traditions - Victor Montejo, University of Calilfornia, Davis


Judaism - Steve Shaw, Jewish Theological Seminary


Christianity - Sallie McFague, Vanderbilt University


Islam - Nomanul Haq, Rutgers University



Changing Attitudes Toward the Environment


Eric Chivian, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School


Interdisciplinary Panel on the Role of Religion in Enhancing Environmental Education


Moderator - Anthony Cortese, Second Nature


Christopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University


Rick Clugston, Center for Respect of Life and Environment


Claire Gaudiani, Connecticut College


Donald Oliver, Harvard University


Larry Shinn, Berea College


Mitchell Thomashow, Antioch New England


General Discussion with Audience


Moderator - Don Melnick, Columbia University


Summary Comments


Robert Pollack, Columbia University




Saturday, September 19


Interdisciplinary Panel on Biodiversity, Biophilia, and Religious Values


Moderator - Douglas Candland, Bucknell University


E. O.Wilson, Harvard University


Otto Solbrig, Harvard University


Niles Eldredge, American Museum of Natural History


Ursula Goodenough, Washington University


John Grim, Bucknell University


Ann Gold, Syracuse University


General Discussion with Audience


Moderator - Mary Pearl, Wildlife Preservation Trust and Columbia University


Interdisciplinary Panel on Sustainable Development and Environmental Ethics


Moderator - William Moomaw, Tufts University


Donald Brown, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection


Dennis Pirages, University of Maryland


John Gillroy, Bucknell University


Mary Barber, Ecological Society of America


Neva Goodwin, Tufts University


Nargis Virani, Harvard University


Frederique Apffel-Marglin, Smith College


Interdisciplinary Panel on Consumption, Restraint, and Religion


Moderator - Robert Massie, CERES


Juliet Schor, Harvard University


Stephen Marglin, Harvard University


Stephen Stamos, Bucknell University


Timothy Weiskel, Harvard University


Kenneth Kraft, Lehigh University


Frederick Denny, University of Colorado, Boulder


Film on the Narmada Dam


"Narmada: A Valley Rises" by Ali Kazimi




Sunday, September 20


Case Study of the Narmada Dam in India


Introduced and Moderated by: William Fisher, Harvard University


Interdisciplinary Conversation from the perspectives of religion, science, economics, public policy, public health, education


Overview and Moderator - William Fisher, Harvard University


Presentations - Anil Patel, Action Research in Community Health (ARCH)


Maninder Gill, World Bank


Vasundha Dhagamwar, Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School


David Haberman, Indiana University