In A Sand County Almanac, conservationist Aldo Leopold wrote, “Nothing so important as a land ethic is ever written. It evolves in the mind of a thinking community.” We invite you to be part of one such thinking community on please The gathering is sponsored by Oregon Humanities, Oregon State University’s Environmental Humanities Initiative, and the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word. It is part of a larger project we call, “The Eye of the Storm: Re-imagining Ethics for Changing Times.”
Our premise is that old, human-centered moral systems have allowed us to damage the Earth, to our own peril and the peril of countless ecosystems and species. This cannot continue. We must find new ways to understand our moral responsibilities to one another, to the Earth, to the future. Can these perilous times prompt us to discover and create a new set of ideas about how we ought to live?
We’ll gather some of the brightest, most dedicated minds for an afternoon of communal brainstorming to jumpstart the evolution of these new ethics. This gathering will convene two groups: a hundred local leaders, thinkers, activists, and concerned citizens together with a group of twenty of the nation’s leading moral thinkers, who will have spent the preceding two days thinking about these new ethics. (See the list of those participants below.) We will hear some of that group’s insights, then form into smaller groups to ground-truth their ideas and generate additional ideas through discussion and questioning.
We’ll focus on discovering solutions and strategies, creating collaborations and partnerships, and stimulating reflection and purpose. As Program Manager for the Environmental Humanities Initiative, Carly Lettero, points out, “participants return to their respective communities idealutionsto some .”
We invite you to be part of this thinking community on October 2nd by ing online (click here to register). but. We will provide catered snacks and beverages, and we will help arrange carpooling to the Clubhouse at Adair Village.
Just as the evolution of species requires lots of variety, lots of new ways of living, all tested against hard experience, so the evolution of ideas calls for the same wild diversity of ideas and the same time-tested wisdom. This is what we want to create in this thinking community, when the times call for the greatest exercise of the moral imagination the world has ever seen.
J. Baird Callicott, philosophy, University of North Texas
Courtney Campbell, religious studies, Oregon State University
Madeline Cantwell, Managing Director, Orion magazine
Robin Morris Collin, sustainability law, Willamette University
Alison Hawthorne Deming, poet and essayist, Science and Other Poems
Kristie Dotson, philosophy, Michigan State University/Oregon State University
Charles Goodrich, poet, Program Director, Spring Creek Project
Patricia Hasbach, clinical psychotherapist, co-editor, Ecopsychology
Jennifer Michael Hecht, author, The Happiness Myth
Robin Kimmerer, botany, author, Gathering Moss
Barry Lopez, author, Arctic Dreams
Katie McShane, philosophy, Colorado State University
Kathleen Dean Moore, philosopher, writer, Director, Spring Creek Project
Nalini Nadkarni, ecology, University of Utah
Michael P. Nelson, philosophy, Michigan State, co-editor, Moral Ground
Matt Nisbet, climate communications, George Mason University
Harmony Paulsen, graduate student, Water Policy and Management, Spring Creek Intern
Devon Pena, anthropology and Chicano Studies, University of Washington
Kim Stanley Robinson, author, Mars Trilogy
Fred Swanson, forest ecologist, USFS, co-director, Long-Term Ecological Reflections
Libby Roderick, singer and songwriter, How Can Anyone?, University of Alaska
Bron Taylor, religious studies, University of Florida
Allen Thompson, philosophy, co-editor, The Virtues of the Future
Kyle Powys Whyte, philosophy, Michigan State University/Oregon State University
Gretel van Wieren, religious studies and ecology, Michigan State University
Priscilla Ybarra, Latino/a Literature, University of North Texas
Jan Zwicky, philosophy and poet, Songs for Relinquishing the Earth