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