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Date: April 19, 2022 - May 10, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sponsor: Programs In Earth Literacies
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Alex Steffen describes the state of our world as “transapocalyptic.” He discourages binary analyses such as that we will have a technotopian future or extinction of our species. The reality is we live in a time of discontinuity, it’s the end of the world as we know it, but not the end of the world.


How are we to live in a world that is both falling apart and bringing forth something new. What will that new be?


Geologian Thomas Berry (1914-2009) proposed an ecozoic future. He wrote that what is radically different about our moment is that for the first time humans are undergoing a change of geobiological eras, from the terminal Cenozoic era to an emerging Ecozoic era. He offered the latter as promise, as a vision of what could be, not something that is assured. To achieve it he said would involve the Great Work, a task that is epic in its dimensions beyond anything heretofore conceived under that word.


Herman Greene, Founder and President of the Center for Ecozoic Studies, and Thomas Berry Scholar-in-Residence at the Earth Law Center had a close personal relationship with Berry and has developed an extensive body of work grounded in Berry’s insights and vision.


In this course Herman will present in four 90-minute sessions the basics of Berry’s vision and why it matters more than ever. The learning objectives for the course are as follows:


  1. UnderstandingBerry’s geo-historical analysis, cultural critique, and vision of the future
  2. Understanding Berry’s philosophical cosmology and anthropology
  3. Understanding Berry’s guidance for an ecozoic future
  4. Applying Berry’s vision to the ecological and social issues of the mid-21st century

The four sessions will cover the ecozoic as (1) Invitation, (2) Invocation, (3) Evocation, and (4) Enaction.


Session 1: Invitation – The Ecozoic Vision

Thomas Berry’s geo-historical analysis, his cultural critique, and his vision of the future


Session 2: Invocation – The New Cosmology

The philosophical underpinnings of the ecozoic – a new philosophical cosmology and a new philosophical anthropology


Session 3: Evocation – The Great Work

Thomas Berry’s guidance for the Great Work of moving on from the terminal Cenozoic era, to an emerging Ecozoic era in the story of the planet Earth


Session 4: Enaction – Living in Transapocalyptic Times

Letting go; navigating contradiction, multiplicity, and ambiguity; the politics of nature; Earth law; the ecozoic lens; hope


Suggested readings will be provided to prepare for each session.


The format of each session will be a presentation by Herman, followed by Q&A, breakout groups, and full group discussion.


Date:  4 Tuesdays April 19 – April 26 & May 3 – May 10, 2022

Time:  10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: $60.00

Location: Zoom on-line – a link to the program will be sent to you before the program begins

Please do not let cost deter you from attending.  Ask us about our funding for programs.

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Event Posted by: Gertie Jocksch