Here you’ll find all of the videos in our new weekly video /podcast series, FORE Spotlights.
Go here to listen to these episodes as audio podcasts.
FORE Spotlights Series ~ Inaugural Episode
Mary Evelyn Tucker & John Grim
You can also listen to an audio podcast of this episode here.
In the inaugural video of our new Spotlights series, founders and directors, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, speak about recent developments in the field of religion and ecology, recent developments on the global stage, and all of the Forum’s new projects, with a focus on the Forum Advisory Group–a collaborative project composed of 72 of the top scholars in their fields.
FORE Spotlights Series ~ Ep2 Hava Tirosh Samuelson 9.28.2020
You can also listen to an audio podcast of this episode here.
Scholar Hava Tirosh Samuelson, of Arizona State University, speaks about her work and the intersection of Judaism and ecology in our second episode of FORE Spotlights.
FORE Spotlights Series ~ Christopher Carter, 10.12.2020
This week’s episode of Spotlights features Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter, an assistant professor and the assistant chair of the Theology and Religious Studies department at the University of San Diego, in San Diego, California. He is also the co-creator of Racial Resilience, an anti-racism and anti-bias training program that utilizes the combined insights of contemplative practices and critical race theories. His work focuses particularly on the ways in which ecological spaces impact black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC)—a topic particularly relevant this week, following the second Monday in October, which is celebrated across the United States as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
FORE Spotlights ~ Episode 5, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, Yale University
In this episode of Spotlights, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim talk with the host (Sam Mickey) about the new encyclical from Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti. They provide historical, religious, and ecological context for understanding what this encyclical means and how it is relevant for efforts to create a more loving, just, and open world.
This week’s episode of Spotlights features the chief administrator for the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, Tara Trapani. She talks about her work with the Forum, including some exciting, new projects happening there, especially the freshly redesigned website. She leads us through the website, navigating the abundance and diversity of news, events, bibliographies, multimedia resources, and so much more.
FORE Spotlights ~ Episode 7, Mitchell Thomashow
This week’s episode features Mitchell Thomashow, renowned educator and author, with a brand new book coming out this week, To Know the World: A New Vision for Environmental Learning. The discussion covers some of the main themes and topics of the book, including the Anthropocene, memory, interdisciplinary thinking, improvisation, adaptive and perennial learning, and cosmopolitan bioregionalism. You can find more information about the new book and other aspects of his work on his website: https://www.mitchellthomashow.com
FORE Spotlights ~ Episode 8, Chris Ives, Stonehill College
This episode of Spotlights features Chris Ives, professor of religious studies at Stonehill College. He discusses his work with Zen Buddhism, ethics, and ecology, including teaching and writing as well as practice and activism. His latest book, Zen on the Trail, draws on his personal experiences with hiking and backpacking to describe the meditative power of walking and pilgrimage. You can find more information here: https://zenonthetrail.com
FORE Spotlights ~ Episode 9, Andreas Karelas, Re-volv
This week’s episode features Andreas Karelas, executive director of RE-volv– a nonprofit organization that empowers communities to invest in solar energy–and author of the new book, Climate Courage: How Tackling Climate Change Can Build Community, Transform the Economy, and Bridge the Political Divide in America (Beacon Press, 2020). Andreas discusses community-oriented solutions to climate change, including the role of wisdom traditions, faith communities, and virtues of courage, simplicity, and gratitude. You can find more information about RE-volve here: https://re-volv.org/. Details about the book Climate Courage can be found here: https://climatecourage.us
FORE Spotlights ~ Episode 10, Whitney Bauman, Florida International University
This week’s episode of Spotlights features Whitney Bauman, PhD, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Florida International University, and co-founder and co-director of the nonprofit research center, Counterpoint: Navigating Knowledge. https://www.counterpointknowledge.org/ Whitney discusses the personal and professional influences that shape his engagement with religion and ecology, and he talks about some ideas from his recent work, like uncertainty, wicked problems, Critical Planetary Romanticism (CPR), and the interruption of the chronological order of time during the coronavirus pandemic. Check out this recent essay from Whitney, “Sourdough Time and the Time of Protest: Reflections on the Pace of Planetary Becoming”https://www.humansandnature.org/sourd…
FORE Spotlights ~ Episode 11, Sam Mickey, Forum on Religion and Ecology
This week’s episode of Spotlights is all about the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), which is taking place virtually this year, from November 30 to December 10. Our host (Sam Mickey) discusses the importance of the AAR for scholars of theology and religion, with specific attention to the AAR groups that focus on issues related to ecology, including the Religion and Ecology group as well as groups on Animals and Religion, Religion and Food, and Space, Place, and Religion. Spotlights will return with reports on the event in our next couple of episodes. Go here for a list of the main panels on religion and ecology this year: https://fore.yale.edu/blogs/entry/160…A searchable version of the Program Book for this year’s meeting can be found here: https://papers.aarweb.org/online-prog…
FORE Spotlights ~ Episode 12, Kimberly Carfore, University of San Francisco
In this week’s episode, Sam Mickey talks with Kimberly Carfore, PhD, who is an environmental studies professor at the University of San Francisco and a steering committee member for the Religion and Ecology unit of the American Academy of Religion. They reflect on the first week of this year’s virtual meeting of the AAR, focusing specifically on ecologically oriented panels, including panels on animals and race, nature mysticism, eco-theology, Buddhism and animals, the work of the Buddhist activist Joanna Macy, Muslim environmentalisms, and case studies in religion and ecology.
FORE Spotlights ~ Episode 13, Jacob Erickson, Trinity College Dublin
This week’s episode of the FORE podcast features Jacob Erickson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics in the School of Religion at Trinity College Dublin. He introduces some of his work with theopoetics and queer ecology, and he shares some reflections on this year’s virtual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, talking about some ways that nature, cosmology, ecology, bodies, and affect showed up in various panels and in the virtual media ecosystem of the conference itself. You can learn more about his work here: https://www.tcd.ie/research/profiles/…
FORE Spotlights ~ Episode 14, Sarah Pike, California State University, Chico
This episode of Spotlights features Dr. Sarah Pike, professor in the Comparative Religion & Humanities Department at California State University, Chico. She discusses her ethnographic and historical research at the intersection of religion and ecology, particularly with New Age and Neopagan communities. She also talks about her most recent book, For the Wild: Ritual and Commitment in Radical Eco-Activism (University of California Press, 2017). Since this is our winter solstice episode, she also provides some reflections on this seasonal event. You can find more information about her work here: https://www.csuchico.edu/corh/people/…
FORE Spotlights ~ Episode 15, Tyler Tully, University of Oxford
This week’s episode of the Forum on Religion and Ecology podcast features Tyler M. Tully, a doctoral candidate in religious studies and the Arthur Peacocke Graduate Scholar in Science and Religion at the University of Oxford. He talks about his work at the intersection of Indigenous religion, critical race theory, traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), secularism, and (post)humanism. He also discusses his dissertation, “Critical Materialisms: Power, Place, and Personhood in White and Black ‘Red’ Spaces.” Learn more about Tyler’s work here: https://www.theology.ox.ac.uk/people/… You can find more information about Indigenous traditions on the Forum website: https://fore.yale.edu/World-Religions…
FORE Spotlights ~ Episode 16, Vijaya Nagarajan, University of San Francisco
This week’s episode of Spotlights features Vijaya Nagarajan, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and in the Program of Environmental Studies at the University of San Francisco. She talks about her teaching, research, and activism at the intersection of Hinduism and ecology, with particular attention to her book, Feeding A Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual and Ecology in India—An Exploration of the Kōlam (Oxford University Press, 2018). You can learn more about her book here: https://feedingathousandsouls.com/ More information about Hinduism and ecology can be found on the Forum website: https://fore.yale.edu/World-Religions…
Spotlights ~ Ep. 17, Timothy Grieve Carlson (Rice University) and Russell Powell (Boston College)
This week’s episode of Spotlights features Russell Powell, PhD, and Timothy Grieve-Carlson. Russell is a visiting professor of Environmental Theology and Ethics at Boston College, and Timothy is a doctoral candidate in Rice University’s Department of Religion. They invite early-career scholars to participate in a newly emerging reading group, the Religion and Ecology Early-Career Scholars (REECS) Reading Group, which will host regular meetings (virtually) for scholars to share their work with one another. If you’re interested in participating in this reading group, you can email Timothy (trg4 [at] rice.edu) or Russell (powellru [at] bc.edu) for more information. We will also have more information for you about this new reading group in upcoming editions of the Forum on Religion and Ecology newsletter: https://fore.yale.edu/Publications/Fo…
Spotlights ~ Ep. 18, Elizabeth McAnally, Forum on Religion and Ecology
This week’s episode of Spotlights features Elizabeth McAnally, PhD, the newsletter editor and website manager for the Forum on Religion and Ecology. She discusses her work for the Forum and gives an overview of her book, Loving Water Across Religions: Contributions to an Integral Water Ethic (Orbis Books, 2018). You can find more information about the book here: https://www.orbisbooks.com/loving-wat… We also discuss her ecologically oriented practices of yoga and Chinese internal arts (e.g., taiji and qigong). You can learn more here: https://integraltaiji.wordpress.com
Spotlights ~ Ep. 19, Susan Bratton, Baylor University
This episode of Spotlights features Susan Bratton, PhD, a Professor at Baylor University in the Department of Environmental Science. She talks about her work at the intersection of religion and environmental ethics, particularly in light of her exciting new book, Religion and the Environment: An Introduction, which provides a thorough and thoughtful introduction to the field. This new introductory text covers the religion-environment interface in pre- and post-industrial religious contexts, religious response to the impacts of contemporary industrialization, globalization, and urbanization, and examples of religious thought, leadership, policy formation, and grassroots activism relative to the environment. You can find more information about Dr. Bratton’s work here: https://www.baylor.edu/environmentals…For more information about the book, go here: https://www.routledge.com/Religion-an…
Spotlights ~ Ep. 20, Timothy Harvie, St. Mary’s University
This week’s episode of Spotlights features Timothy Harvie, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Ethics and Program Coordinator of Social Justice and Catholic Studies at St. Mary’s University in Calgary, Alberta. He talks about his research in eco-theology, animals, evolution, and the philosophical foundations for the study of religion and ecology. He also discusses some of his writing projects, including an anthology that integrates personal and theological reflections on animals, Encountering Earth: Thinking Theologically with a More-Than-Human World (Wipf & Stock, 2018), which he edited with Trevor Bechtel and Matt Eaton. You can learn more about his work here: https://www.stmu.ca/dr-timothy-harvie/ You can find details about Encountering Earth here: https://wipfandstock.com/978149829784…
Spotlights ~ Ep. 21, Jason Brown, Simon Fraser University
This week’s episode of Spotlights features Jason Brown, PhD., lecturer in the Humanities and the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. He talks about his research and teaching with trees and forests at the intersection of religion, anthropology, and ecology, including some strategies for teaching online. He also discusses his engagement with photography as an ecological and contemplative practice. You can learn more about Jason Brown’s work here: https://holyscapes.org/
Spotlights ~ Ep. 22, Kimberly Carfore, University of San Francisco
This week, the Forum podcast welcomes back Kimberly Carfore, PhD. She discusses some of the strategies and practices she has used for teaching nature immersion classes online during the pandemic, including nature awareness practices, meditations, and reskilling. Although teaching nature immersion online sounds like a contradiction in terms, she discusses some of the unique opportunities it affords as well. You can learn more about her work through her organization, Ecozoa: https://www.ecozoa.org
Spotlights ~ Ep. 23, Christopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University
This episode features Christopher Key Chapple, PhD, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and founding Director of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He shares his perspective as a scholar and practitioner of yoga, particularly with regard to the connections between yoga and ecology. He discusses his new book, which explores elemental meditations across different traditions of yoga, Living Landscapes: Meditations on the Elements in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Yogas (SUNY Press, 2020). More information about the book can be found here: http://www.sunypress.edu/p-6860-livin…You can find more information about Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain perspectives on ecology at the Forum Website: https://fore.yale.edu/World-Religions
Spotlights ~ Ep. 24, Elizabeth Allison, California Institute of Integral Studies
This week’s episode of Spotlights features Elizabeth Allison, PhD, Associate Professor of Ecology and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco. She talks about the graduate program she founded and chairs in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion at CIIS, including a new online program that will launch this fall. Go here for details: https://www.ciis.edu/academics/gradua…Dr. Allison also discusses the Religion & Ecology Summit series of annual conferences that she created in 2016. The 2021 Summit will be held virtually, March 15-19. Schedule and registration details are available here: https://digitalcommons.ciis.edu/relig…We also talk about a very special book she co-edited, After the Death of Nature: Carolyn Merchant and the Future of Human-Nature Relations (Routledge, 2018). More details are available on the publisher’s website: https://www.routledge.com/After-the-D…
Spotlights ~ Ep.25, Sean Kelly, California Institute of Integral Studies
This week’s episode of Spotlights features Sean Kelly, PhD, professor of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He discusses his new book, Becoming Gaia: On the Threshold of Planetary Initiation (Integral Imprint, 2021). He describes the interlocking emergencies of climate change, mass extinction, and planetary apartheid in terms of a collective near-death experience (NDE). We talk about the ecological, philosophical, and spiritual implications of this critical moment in human and Earth evolution. Details about the book can be found here: https://revelore.press/integral/
Spotlights ~ Ep. 26, Christina Conklin, The Atlas of Disappearing Places
This week’s episode of Spotlights features the artist, researcher, and writer Christina Conklin. She discusses the ways that her work integrates art, data, science, and spirituality, and she talks about her forthcoming book (co-authored with Marina Psaros), The Atlas of Disappearing Places: Our Coasts and Oceans in the Climate Crisis, which will be released this summer. More information about the book is on the publisher’s website: https://thenewpress.com/books/atlas-o… For more about her work, go here: https://www.christinaconklin.com/
Spotlights ~ Ep. 27, Carl Anthony, Breakthrough Communities
This week’s episode of Spotlights features Carl Anthony, an architect, regional planner, and social and environmental justice activist. He discusses some of the many facets of his work, including a project of which he is the co-founder and co-director (with Dr. Paloma Pavel), Breakthrough Communities, dedicated to building multiracial leadership for sustainable communities in California & the nation. He also discusses his book, The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race, which is a memoir that integrates urban history, racial justice, and cosmology with personal experiences as an architect/planner, environmentalist, and Black American, connecting the struggles for social and racial justice to the universe story. Along with Paloma Pavel, Carl Anthony is the 2021 recipient of the Thomas Berry Award.For more information, see the following—
Breakthrough Communities: https://breakthroughcommunities.info/
The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race: https://nyupress.org/9781613320211/th…
The Thomas Berry Award: https://thomasberry.org/life-and-thou…
Spotlights ~ Ep. 28, Paloma Pavel, Earth House Center
This week’s episode of Spotlights features Paloma Pavel, Ph.D., President of Earth House Center and visiting faculty at the University of California, Davis, where she also serves on the Regional Advisory Council for the Center for Regional Change. She is also the co-founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project with Carl Anthony. She discusses some of the many ways that ecology, cosmology, spirituality, and social justice activism intersect throughout the storied trajectory of her life and work. Along with Carl Anthony, Paloma Pavel is the 2021 recipient of the Thomas Berry Award.
For more information, see the following—
Earth House Center: https://earthhousecenter.org/
Breakthrough Communities: https://breakthroughcommunities.info/
The Thomas Berry Award: https://thomasberry.org/life-and-thou…
Spotlights ~ Ep. 29, Maria Jaoudi, California State University
This week’s episode of Spotlights features Maria Jaoudi, PhD, artist, author, and Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at California State University in Sacramento, California. She discusses her new book, Mindfulness as Sustainability: Lessons from the World’s Religions (SUNY Press, 2021). Drawing on specific teachings and stories from a variety of wisdom traditions, she talks about how mindfulness practice, applied both personally and politically, can help facilitate peaceful, just, and sustainable ways of being. More information about her art, writing, and teaching can be found here:https://www.csus.edu/indiv/j/jaoudim/. Information about her book can be found on the publisher’s website: http://www.sunypress.edu/p-7006-mindf…