Welcome to the new Yale Forum Blog!

We will be sharing a variety of original content including interviews, reviews, reports from the field, new and enhanced resources on the Forum website, content from our new video podcast series, FORE Spotlights, and much more. 

Check back every Tuesday and Thursday for new content. 

July 26, 2021

This week's episode of Spotlights features clips from three scholars of Hinduism and ecology, each of whom has a recently published book on that topic. First, we hear from 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 book, Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual and Ecology in India — An Exploration of the Kōlam (Oxford University Press, 2018). Second,...

July 22, 2021


Last week, Creighton University and the Catholic Climate Covenant held a virtual follow-up to their 2019 conference on Laudato Si'. Highlights included the announcement of a new website–God's Plan(et)–dedicated to Laudato Si' awareness; the announcement of a small grants program; and planning and preparation for the implementation of the Laudato Si' Action Platform  

See the full reporting out in this NCR Earthbeat article by reporter Brian Roewe....

July 19, 2021

This week’s episode of Spotlights features clips from three of our previous episodes, with guests describing their work with environmental justice and the field of religion and ecology. First, we hear from Carl Anthony, co-founder and co-director (with Dr. Paloma Pavel) of Breakthrough Communities, an organization dedicated to building multiracial leadership for sustainable communities in California & the nation. He discusses his work with environmental justice, including some reflections on his book, The Earth, the...

July 15, 2021

Today in the blog, we highlight Soul Search, a podcast by the Australian Broadcasting Company, which “explores contemporary religion and spirituality from the inside out — what we believe, how we express it, and the difference it makes in our lives.” 

Mary Evelyn Tucker was recently interviewed on the podcast by Meredith Lake in an episode about Sacred Landscapes: religion and ecology around the Pacific, along with Tongan pastor, Jione Havea. This episode was part of a series on Sacred Landscapes...

July 11, 2021

Critical theory and critical race theory are in the news a lot lately. In this episode of Spotlights, we feature clips from two of our previous episodes that address what these theories are, why they are important, and what they have to do with ideas and practices in the environmental humanities. First, we hear from Celina Osuna, PhD, Assistant Director of the Desert Humanities Initiative at Arizona State University's Institute for Humanities Research. She talks about critical theory, the power of language, and the...

July 8, 2021

Today we offer you a summer respite: a lyrical offering encapsulating the essence of the season and the song of the cicadas through the eyes of a child.


Insect Life of Florida
by Lynda Hull   In those days I thought their endless thrum    was the great wheel that turned the days, the nights.       In the throats of...

July 5, 2021

This week's episode of Spotlights is about the theory and practice of environmental learning, featuring clips from three of our previous interviewees, Mitchell Thomashow, Jason Brown, and Kimberly Carfore. They present several ideas and practices for environmental learning, including some tips for how to bring ecological awareness into online education.

Here are details and links for each interviewee's full episode:

1. Mitchell Thomashow, PhD, renowned educator and author of several...

July 1, 2021

Today in the blog, we feature a few of the events in the field coming up this month. A full list can always be found in our Events section.


Contemplative Environmentalism Speaker Series and Workshop
July 6-18

Hosted by American University, the Lama Foundation, and the Center for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education. 
All events online 
Lectures free; fee for workshop 

A Workshop and lecture series for teachers, activists, and...

June 27, 2021

This is the second part of a two-part interview with writer, artist, and scholar Celina Osuna, PhD, Assistant Director of the Desert Humanities Initiative at Arizona State University’s Institute for Humanities Research. We get into more details about deserts, discussing some ideas, events, films, and books that define...

June 24, 2021

This past Sunday,  the Summer Solstice arrived in the northern hemisphere, and at sunrise on Saturday, Paul Winter performed his 26th Annual Summer Solstice Concert. The concert was virtual and livestreamed from his barn in Connnecticut, due to the pandemic. It was a joyous welcome for this vibrant season of solar infusion. In addition to Paul, the peformers included vocalist Theresa Thomason, cellist Eugene Friesen, Brazilian pianist Henrique Eisenmann, and bassoonist Jeff Boratko. The concert is still...