Blog

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. 

June 21, 2021

This week is the first part of a two-part interview with writer, artist, and scholar Celina Osuna, PhD. We talk about her perspective on desert humanities, including her writing and research as well as her work as Assistant Director of the Desert Humanities Initiative at Arizona State University’s Institute for Humanities Research. We also discuss the power of language, the importance of joy and hope, as well as the meaning of critical theory and its role in the humanities. She brings in examples from...

June 17, 2021

Today in the blog, we highlight the work of EarthBeat: Stories of Climate, Crisis, Faith, and Action, a project of the National Catholic Reporter. 

EarthBeat's very frequent news articles on the intersection of faith and the environment are a valuable resource for anyone working in this area. Some of their recent stories include the Philippine bishops responding to the cancellation of the Kaliwa Dam Project, and their concern regarding the environmental impact and the relocation of indigenous peoples....

June 13, 2021

This week’s episode of Spotlights is the second part of a two-part interview with Susannah Crockford, PhD, author of Ripples of the Universe: Spirituality in Sedona, Arizona (University of Chicago Press, 2021), which explores intersections of religion, politics, race, class, and nature in Sedona, Arizona. We talk more about her book and its direct relevance to current events in United States politics, including the intersection of new age spirituality and conspiracy theories, as seen in people like Jake...

June 10, 2021

This year, the journal Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology is celebrating its 25th anniversary in print. To mark the occasion, the journal has made 25 articles, selected by editor James Miller, available for free to read online and download through the end of 2021. There is one article for each year of the journal's existence, from 1997-2021, across a wide range of topics. See the list below for the specific articles now available and links to each.

From the journal site:...

June 7, 2021

This week’s episode of Spotlights features Susannah Crockford, PhD, author of the exciting new book, Ripples of the Universe: Spirituality in Sedona, Arizona (University of Chicago Press, 2021), which explores intersections of religion, politics, race, class, and nature in Sedona, Arizona. Discussing the book, we touch on a wide range of topics, including new age cosmology, millenarianism, food, vortexes, aliens, conspiracy theories, the landscape and culture of Sedona, and much more. This is the first part of a two-...

June 3, 2021

On May 20, Jane Goodall was announced as the 2021 Templeton Prize winner, one of the largest single monetary prizes in the world. She is only the fourth woman to receive the prize in its 49-year history. The Forum congratulates and celebrates Dr. Goodall and her lifelong dedication to conservation work and the study of animals. She is a true inspiration!

From the Templeton site:
Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, UN Messenger of Peace and world-renowned ethologist and...

May 31, 2021

This week's episode of Spotlights is the second part of a two-part interview with David Haberman, PhD, Professor and former Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. Last week, we talked about his work with religion and climate change. This week, we discuss his research into the worship of stones, rivers, and trees in northern India, with particular attention to his book Loving Stones: Making the Impossible Possible in the Worship of Mount Govardhan (Oxford...

May 27, 2021

In honor of yesterday's full moon eclipse, we share this meaningful literary offering by poet Ed Roberson.

Lunar Eclipse
Ed Roberson 

You've seen only a planed circle of moon,
the white wafer; the low sky's flat penny
grow into that dime, flipped in the turn
taken by the earth,
                                until you see
what's won...

May 24, 2021

This week's episode of Spotlights features David Haberman, PhD, Professor and former Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. We discuss his wide-ranging work in the field of religion and ecology, with particular attention to his newly released anthology on religion and climate change, Understanding Climate Change Through Religious Lifeworlds (Indiana University Press, 2021). This is the first part of a two-part episode. In part two, we discuss his research into the...

May 20, 2021

We're pleased to share that the FORE Spotlights series has been included in Pretty Progressive's list of the 20 Best Environmental Activism Podcasts of 2021! Pretty Progressive is a site focusing on environmental, feminist, and politically progressive issues and information. Everyone here at the Forum gives our host and producer, Sam Mickey, a huge round of applause for this recognition of his work. 

You can view the videos of every FORE Spotlights episode in the series here on our archive...