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Session Descriptions

Session 1: Thomas Berry:  The Man, His Times, and Influences on His Thought

Readings

  • “The Importance of Thomas Berry,” by Herman Greene
  • “Thomas Berry Obituary,” by Margaret Berry
  • “The Meadow Across the Creek” from The Great Work, by Thomas Berry
  • “Thomas Berry CP: The Passionist Heritage in the Great Work,” by Thomas Keevey
  • “Intellectual Biography of Thomas Berry,” by Mary Evelyn Tucker
  • “Review of Karl Polanyi, The Great Transition,” by Herman Greene
  • “Ultimacy–Changing the Way We Understand Ourselves and the World,” by John Cobb

Session 3: The Great Work:  Moving from our Modern Industrial Civilization with its Devastating Impact to that of Benign Presence

Readings

  • “Meaning of The Great Work,” by Herman Greene
  • “Thomas Berry’s Great Work,” by Herman Greene
  • “Our Way into the Future: Guides from The Great Work by Thomas Berry,” by Herman Greene
  • Review of J. R. McNeil, Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth Century World, by Herman Greene
  • “Review of J. R. McNeil and Peter Engelke, The Great Acceleration: An Environmental History of the Anthropocene since 1945,” by Herman Greene
  • Review of Arturo Escobar, Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World, by Herman Greene
  • Center for Ecozoic Studies, “Our Perspective on the World Today and a Way Forward”

Session 5: The New Cosmology

Readings

  • “The Universe in Western Thought’ Review of Rémi Brague, The Wisdom of the World: The Human Experience of the Universe in Western Thought,” by Herman Greene
  • “Physical Cosmology and Philosophical Cosmology,” by Herman Greene
  • Excerpts from “The New Story” in The Dream of the Earth, by Thomas Berry
  • “Overview of Teilhard de Chardin’s Thought,” by Herman Greene
  • “Review of Thomas Berry, The Dream of the Earth,” by Herman Greene
  • “Review of Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, The Universe Story,” by Herman Greene
  • “The Intellectual Roots of Thomas Berry’s Proposal and the New Story,” by Heather Eaton

Session 7: Essential Understandings for the Great Work

Readings

  • “Clive Hamilton’s Anthropocene, Thomas Berry’s Ecozoic Era, and Alfred North Whitehead’s Organic Philosophy,” by Herman Greene
  • “Learnings from Bruno Latour’s Gifford Lectures on ‘Facing Gaia,’ and his book, Down to Earth,” by Herman Greene
  • “Review of Bruno Latour, Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on the New Climactic Regime,” by Herman Greene
  • Review of Erich Jantsch, The Self-Organizing Universe: Scientific and Human Implications of the Emerging Paradigm of Evolution,” by Herman Greene
  • “Review of Nicholas, Georgescu-Roegen, The Entropy Law and the Economic Process,” by Herman Greene
  • “Review of Gustavo Esteva, Salvatore Baboones, and Philipp Babcicky, The Future of Development: A Radical Manifesto,” by Herman Greene.
Session 2: The Ecozoic Era:  Moving on from a Terminal Cenozoic to an Ecozoic Era

Readings

  • “Meaning of Ecozoic,” by Herman Greene
  • “The Ecozoic Era,” by Thomas Berry
  • “The Determining Features of the Ecozoic Era,” by Thomas Berry
  • “Brian Swimme’s and Thomas Berry’s Vision of the Ecozoic Era from The Universe Story,” compiled by Herman Greene
  • “Naming a New Geological Era: The Ecozoic Era, Its Meaning and Historical Antecedents” by Allysyn Kiplinger
  • “The Anthropocene Epoch and the Ecozoic Era,” by Herman Greene
Session 4: Reinventing the Human at the Species Level

Readings

  • “The Historic Mission of Our Times,” by Thomas Berry
  • “Reinventing the Human,” by Thomas Berry
  • “Twelve Principles for Understanding the Role of the Human in the Universe Process,” by Thomas Berry
  • “Differentiation, Subjectivity, and Communion,” by Thomas Berry
  • “Review of E. Maynard Adams, A Society Fit for Human Beings,” by Herman Greene
  • “Definition of Ecozoans,” By Herman Greene and Gary Smith

Session 6: Call for Ecozoic Societies

Readings

  • “Call for Ecozoic Societies,” by Herman Greene
  • “Insight into Ecological Civilization Gained While Reading D. Paul Schafer’s Revolution or Renaissance and David Orr’s Down to the Wire,” by Herman Greene
  • Definition of Ecological Civilization by Herman Greene
  • “The Meaning of Ecozoic Civilizational Change,” by Herman Greene
  • “From Demonic Dream toward a New Story: Reflection on Thomas Berry’s Instructions for Reorienting the Human Project,” by Malcolm Kenton
  • “Review of Wolfgang Sachs, Planet Dialectics: Explorations in Environment and Development,” by Herman Greene
  • “Review of Fair Future: Resource Conflicts, Security & Global Justice,” by Herman Greene

Session 8: Applying Thomas Berry’s Teachings: Reform of Religion and Law

Readings

  • “The Long View: Thomas Berry’s Instruction on the Reform of Religion, Law, and Culture in His Later Books”, by Herman Greene
  • “The Spirituality of Earth” (1979), by Thomas Berry
  • “Review of John Haught, The New Cosmic Story: Inside Our Awakening Universe,” by Herman Greene
  • Thomas Berry, “Every Being Has Rights” from Evening Thoughts
  • “Ten Principles for Jurisprudence Revision,” By Thomas Berry
  • “Ecocentric Governance: The New Ecological Social Contract,” by Herman Greene
  • “Twelve Understandings for the Ecozoic Era,” by Herman Greene