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Hinduism and Ecology

 

October 2-5, 1997

 

  • Opening Session and Plenary Address
  • Introductory Session
  • Gandhi and Ecology
  • Contemporary Ecological Issues: Forests
  • Rivers
  • Film Showing
  • Women's Issues and Ecology
  • Literature as Ecological Resource
  • Plenary Address
  • Krishna, the Bhagavad Gita, and Ecology
  • Panel Discussion on Policy Implications

 

Opening Session and Plenary Address

 

Chair - Arvind Sharma, McGill University

 

Kamla Chowdry, Society for the Promotion of Wastelands Development, New Delhi - Gandhi's Truth and Sustainability for the 21st Century

 

Respondent - Diana Eck, Harvard University

 

Introductory Session

 

Welcome - Christopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University, and Arvind Sharma, McGill University, Co-conveners

 

O.P. Dwivedi, University of Guelph - Ecology and Hindu Religion

 

K.L. Seshagiri Rao, Encyclopedia of Hinduism and Indic Religions - The Five Great Elements (Panca Mahabhuta): An Ecological Perspective

 

Respondent - George James, University of North Texas

 

Gandhi and Ecology

 

Chair - Mary Evelyn Tucker, Bucknell University

 

Larry Shinn, Berea College - The Inner Logic of Gandhian Ecology

 

Vinay Lal, University of California, Los Angeles - Gandhi and Deep Ecology

 

Respondent - Kamla Chowdry, Society for the Promotion of Wastelands Development, New Delhi

 

Contemporary Ecological Issues: Forests

 

Chair - John Grim, Bucknell University

 

Ann Gold, Syracuse University - If You Cut One Branch, You Cut My Finger: Court, Forest, and Environmental Ethics in Rajasthan

 

David Lee, Florida International University - Sacred Plants and Forests: Lessons from the Ramayana

 

Frederique Apffel-Marglin, Smith Colllege, and Pramod Parajuli, Syracuse University - Sacred Groves and Ecology: Ritual and Science

 

Respondent - Frank Korom, Museum of International Folk Art

 

Rivers

 

Chair - Lawrence Sullivan, Director, CSWR

 

Kelly Alley, Auburn University - Separate Domains: Hinduism, Politics and Environmental Pollution

 

David Haberman, Indiana University - River of Love in an Age of Pollution

 

William Fisher, Harvard University - Sacred Rivers, Sacred Dams: Visions of Social Justics and Sustainable Development along the Narmada

 

Chris Deegan, School for International Training - Circumambulating the Narmada: Damming a Sacred Landscape

 

Respondent - Anne Feldhaus, Arizona State University

 

Film Showing

 

Kaise Jeebo Re! (How Do I Survive, My Friend!)

 

Women's Issues and Ecology

 

Chair - Arvind Sharma, McGill University

 

Jael Silliman, University of Iowa - Indian Feminist Responses and Challenges to Environmental Population Paradigms

 

Madhu Khanna, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi - The Ritual Capsule of Durga-Puja: An Ecological Perspective

 

Vijaya Nagarajan, University of San Francisco - Women and the Earth: The Art of Symbolic Expression

 

Respondent - Kusumita Pederson, St. Francis College

 

Literature as Ecological Resource

 

Chair - John Grim, Bucknell University

 

Laurie Patton, Emory University - Nature Romanticism and Violence in Rig Vedic Interpretation

 

Mary McGee, Columbia University - Environmental Consciousness in the Dharmashastras and the Arthashastras

 

Respondent - Julius Lipner, University of Cambridge

 

Chair - Lawrence Sullivan, Director, CSWR

 

Philip Lutgendorf, University of Iowa - Having a Forest and Eating It Too: "Narrative Ecosystem" in the Sanskrit Epics

 

T.S. Rukmani, Concordia University - Literary Foundations for an Ecological Aesthetic

 

Respondent - Frank Clooney, Boston College

 

Plenary Address

 

Chair - Arvind Sharma, McGill University

 

Anil Agarwal, Director, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi - Can Hindu Beliefs and Values Help India Meet its Ecological Crisis?

 

Respondent - Jack Hawley, Barnard College

 

Krishna, the Bhagavad Gita, and Ecology

 

Chair - Christopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University

 

Shrivatsa Goswami, Sri Caitanya Prema Samsthana - Krishna and Vrindavan: Theology and Play of Ecology

 

Lance Nelson, University of San Diego - Reading the Bhagavad Gita from an Ecological Perspective

 

Ranchor Prime, International Consultancy on Religion, Education and Culture - Practical Hindu Ecology

 

Respondent - David Eckel, Boston University

 

Panel Discussion on Policy Implications

 

Chair - Mary Evelyn Tucker, Bucknell University

 

Participants:

 

Anil Agarwal, Center for Science and Environment

 

Harry Blair, Bucknell University

 

Christopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University

 

Kamla Chowdry, Society for Promotion of Wasteland Development

 

Shrivatsa Goswami, Sri Caitanya Prema Samsthana

 

Arvind Sharma, McGill University