Season Two

Here you’ll find all of the videos in Season 2 (2021-2022) of our weekly video/podcast series, FORE Spotlights. 

You can also view all of the videos on our YouTube channel.
Or go here to listen to these episodes as audio podcasts.

You’ll find Season 1, here


Spotlights Remix ~ Episode 2.1, Year in Review, with Sam Mickey
Welcome to a new season of Spotlights. This podcast began around a year ago, and since we’re starting our second year, this episode features our host, Sam Mickey, reflecting on the year and looking ahead toward the year to come. He talks about the aim, scope, and themes of the podcast, while also inviting suggestions and recommendations for any new developments or potential interviewees. He also mentions the Religion and Ecology Early-Career Scholar (REECS) reading group, which was launched on episode 17, featuring Russell Powell and Timothy Grieve-Carlson. For anyone interested in participating in that ongoing group, details can be found in the original episode here: https://youtu.be/_TQWikM9d5M Thanks to everyone for participating in this podcast as guests or audience members so far. If you would like to listen to this podcast instead of viewing it, we are available on all major podcast hosts (Apple podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, etc.). Details are available here: https://fore.buzzsprout.com/


Spotlights ~ Episode 2.2, Matthew Segall, California Institute of Integral Studies
This episode of Spotlights features Matthew David Segall, PhD, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He discusses his new book, Physics of the World-Soul: Alfred North Whitehead’s Adventure in Cosmology (SacraSage Press, 2021), describing the context and key concepts of Whitehead’s process philosophy. We reflect on Whiteheadian contributions to debates on a variety of topics, including panpsychism, panentheism, environmental ethics, dialogue between science and religion, and the future of philosophy. You can find the book by going to the publisher’s website: https://sacrasagepress.com/product/ph… More information about the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at CIIS can be found here: https://www.ciis.edu/academics/gradua… You can learn more about Dr. Segall’s work by visiting his blog, Footnotes2Plato: https://footnotes2plato.com


Spotlights ~ Episode 2.3, Worldly Divinity with Matthew David Segall
This is a clip from the episode of Spotlights featuring Matthew David Segall, PhD, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Reflecting on his new book, Physics of the World-Soul: Alfred North Whitehead’s Adventure in Cosmology (SacraSage Press, 2021), he describes the role of worldly divinity in Whitehead’s cosmology. To watch the full episode, go here: https://youtu.be/TZ31AX8kR4s Or listen (audio-only) here: https://fore.buzzsprout.com/1269704/9…


Spotlights ~ Episode 2.4, Norman Wirzba, Duke University
This week’s episode of the Forum on Religion and Ecology podcast features Norman Wirzba, PhD, the Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Theology at Duke University, and Senior Fellow at Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics. He discusses his new book, This Sacred Life: Humanity’s Place in a Wounded World (Cambridge University Press, 2021), which gives a deep philosophical and religious articulation of humanity’s identity and vocation by rooting people in a symbiotic, meshwork world that is saturated with sacred gifts. We reflect on numerous topics, including the Anthropocene, transhumanism, food, faith, farming, creativity, and much more. You can learn more about his work here: https://normanwirzba.com/ More information about the book can be found on the publisher’s website: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/…


Spotlights ~ Episode 2.5, The Rooted Life, with Norman Wirzba
This week’s episode of Spotlights is a clip from our interview with Norman Wirzba, PhD, the Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Theology at Duke University, and Senior Fellow at Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics. He talks about a life of rootedness and the limits of what is “enough,” reflecting on his new book, This Sacred Life: Humanity’s Place in a Wounded World (Cambridge University Press, 2021). You can learn more about his work here: https://normanwirzba.com/ More information about the book can be found on the publisher’s website: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/… Details for the full episode are here: https://youtu.be/3tIdXNdLG8s


Spotlights ~ Episode  2.6, Mirei Takashima Claremon, Behavioral Sustainability
This week, the Spotlights podcast welcomes Dr. Mirei Takashima Claremon, a global citizen, behavioral scientist, and cross-cultural consumer insights expert based in Los Angeles. She discusses her work leading the Behavioral Sustainability movement, reflecting on the limits of analytical thinking and the importance of holistic and cross-cultural perspectives. She also talks about the important role that Shintoism and Buddhism play in her thinking. You can learn more about her work here: https://www.behavioralsustainability.org She blogs regularly here: https://drmireitc.medium.com/ You can connect with her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mireitc-phd/


Spotlights Clips ~ Episode  2.7, Shinto and Buddhist Ecologies with Mirei Takashima Claremon
This week’s episode of Spotlights is a clip from our interview with Dr. Mirei Takashima Claremon, a global citizen, behavioral scientist, and cross-cultural consumer insights expert based in Los Angeles. In this part of the interview, she reflects on the ways that Shinto and Buddhist values and animistic sensibilities shape Japanese culture and behaviors toward the environment. For more details about her work, go to the full episode here: https://youtu.be/RhubJW3hUYE


Spotlights Episode  2.8 ~ Art, Ecology, and Spirituality, with Nicole Dixon
This week’s episode of Spotlights features the artist and educator, Nicole Dixon. Nicole uses art as an interactive medium, and vehicle for self-transformation, community bridge-building, and positive social change. She talks about the ways her work engages with intersections between race, culture, politics, ecology, and spirituality. As she says in the artist statement for Transcendent Iconography, “There is always something unseen: a life force in natural objects- charcoal, paper, feathers, wood in a technological age, an ancient human need for ritual and spiritual purpose in a secular society, a power in those who are most marginalized by institutional oppressions.” You can learn more about her work here: https://nicoledixon.carbonmade.com/


Spotlights Clips  2.9 ~ Lessons from Nature, with Nicole Dixon
This week’s episode of Spotlights is a clip from last week’s episode, featuring the artist and educator, Nicole Dixon. In this clip, she talks about lessons that can be learned through attention to nature, specifically the nonjudgmental growth and resilience that redwoods teach us. You can watch the full episode here: https://youtu.be/fK89q7EV8oE You can listen to the full episode on Apple Podcast, Spotify, or other places where podcasts are streamed. Links are available here: https://fore.buzzsprout.com/1269704/9… You can learn more about Nicole’s work here: https://nicoledixon.carbonmade.com/