2021 Authors and Artists Featured Speakers

Gay Bradshaw

Dr. Gay Bradshaw holds doctorate degrees in ecology and psychology, a master’s in geophysics, and a bachelors in linguistics and Chinese. She has worked as a research mathematician with the USDA Forest Service; faculty at Oregon State University and at Pacifica Graduate Institute; and a Fellow at the National Science Foundation National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.

Dr. Bradshaw’s diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in free-living Elephants launched the field of trans-species psychology. Her books are How Landscapes Change (Springer-Verlag), Minding the Animal Psyche (Spring 2010), The Elephant Letters: The Story of Billy and Kani (2014), Pulitzer-prize nominated Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us About Humanity (Yale University Press, 2009), Carnivore Minds: Who these Fearsome Animals Really Are (Yale University Press 2017), and Talking with Bears: Conversations with Charlie Russell (Rocky Mountain Books, 2020). Gay is the founder and director of The Kerulos Center for Nonviolence and The Tortoise and the Hare Sanctuary located in Jacksonville, Oregon, USA.

Presentation Description: Reflecting on her recent book  Talking with Bears; Conversations with Charlie Russell (Rocky Mountain Press, 2020), built on a decade of conversations together, Gay describes a trans-species ethic, way of knowing and being and their implications for radial human change for Nature.

Saturday February 27, 2021: 3:00pm-4:00pm

Susan Cerulean

Is author of several award-winning books including creative nonfiction, Coming to Pass: Florida’s Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change (University of Georgia Press, 2015); memoir, Tracking Desire: A Journey after Swallow-tailed Kites (University of Georgia Press, 2005); and numerous edited volumes, essays, editorials, and poems. As an activist, Cerulean encourages young people to understand the linkages between our human choices and the state of the Earth, particularly climate change.

Presentation Description: Florida writer Susan Cerulean will share readings and insights from her just-released memoir (University of Georgia Press, 2020).  In I Have Been Assigned the Single Bird, Cerulean trains a naturalist’s eye and a daughter’s heart on the issues of caregiving and service, both of beloved humans, and the natural world.  She explores an activist’s lifelong search to steward and advocate for wild shorebirds, particularly in the face of the climate crisis, as she also cares for her father at the end of his life.  “Single Bird is a wise and prescient book…an awakening,” says writer and scholar Terry Tempest Williams.

Sunday February 28, 2021: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Patrick Curry

Dr. Patrick Curry is a writer and scholar living in London, England. He has a PhD from the University of London and has been a Lecturer at the universities of Kent and Bath Spa. He is the author of Enchantment: Wonder in Modern Life (2019), Ecological Ethics: An Introduction, rev. ed. (2017), and Deep Roots in a Time of Frost: Essays on Tolkien (2014), among other books. For more information as well as articles and papers, see http://www.patrickcurry.co.uk

Presentation Description: Enchantment is fundamentally the experience of wonder. It has certain characteristics and dynamics, and it tends to happen in certain contexts. We will consider one of those in particular: the more-than-human natural world. But we will also consider how every experience of wonder – from love to religion and art, and not forgetting food and drink – is ultimately both a natural phenomenon and an experience of nature-as. 

Saturday, February 27, 2021: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Deb Habib & Ricky Baruch

Ricky Baruch and Dr. Deb Habib are the founders of Seeds of Solidarity Farm and Education Center in Orange MA. Their solar-powered family farm uses all no-till, regenerative methods. The non-profit wing innovates programs that awaken the power among people of all ages. They organize the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival with their neighbors.

Love and Vision in Disruptive Times: Ricky and Deb are authors of Making Love While Farming: A Field Guide to a Life of Passion and Purpose Rooted in the authors’ three decades of experience as farmers, educators, and community organizers, the stories within affirm the possibility and necessity of lives and livelihoods that respond to environmental and social justice issues with creativity, love, and balance. (Levellers Press, Amherst MA, 2019)

Sunday February 28, 2021: 11:00am-12:00 noon

(also joining the book group to discuss their book on November 1: see associated programming page)

Joan Maloof

Dr. Joan Maloof is a writer, ecologist and conservationist who has studied and worked with plants her entire life, and is founder of the Old-Growth Forest Network. Her formal education includes a BS in Plant Science, a MS in Environmental Science, and a Doctorate in Ecology. She is a Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University, where she taught Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies. Her books include Teaching the Trees (2005), Among the Ancients (2011), Nature’s Temples: the Complex World of Old-Growth Forests (2016), and The Living Forest: A Visual Journey into the Heart of the Woods (2017).

Description of her Presentation: Dr. Maloof will talk about her body of published works, and how each grew out of a need to communicate a different aspect of the forest’s importance. She will describe how the books have become an important part of the work of the Old-Growth Forest Network, and, in turn, how the Network has helped her writing career.

Sunday February 28, 2021: 12:00noon-1:00pm

Christian McEwen

Christian McEwen grew up in the Borders of Scotland, and now lives in Williamsburg, MA. She is the author of several books including World Enough & Time: on Creativity and Slowing Down, now in its seventh printing. Her most recent book is Legal Tender: Women & the Secret Life of Money.

Presentation Description: One of life’s great joys is finding time to listen — whether to the scattered wonders of conversation or to the many voices of the non-human world: birdsong, wild wind, river’s sweep. Christian McEwen has been pondering this subject for some time. She will read from her work-in progress, In Praise of Listening

Saturday February 27, 2021: 12:00noon-1:00pm

Sherri Mitchell (WEH’NA HA’MU KWASSET)

Dr. Sherri Mitchell (WEH’NA HA’MU KWASSET) was born and raised on the Penobscot Indian reservation (Penawahpskek). She received her Juris Doctorate and a certificate in Indigenous People’s Law and Policy from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. She speaks and teaches around the world on issues of Indigenous rights, environmental justice, and spiritual change. Her broad base of knowledge allows her to synthesize many subjects into a cohesive whole, weaving together a multitude of complex issues and articulating them in a way that both satisfies the mind and heals the heart. Sherri has been deeply committed to cultivating and renewing the traditional and ceremonial practices of her people.

Sherri is the Founding Director of the Land Peace Foundation, and has been actively involved with Indigenous rights and environmental justice work for more than 25 years. Her many awards for this work include the Mahoney Dunn International Human Rights and Humanitarian Award (2010), the Spirit of Maine Award (2015), and the Hands of Hope Award (2017).

Saturday February 27, 2021: 11:00am-12:00noon

Scott Russell Sanders

Dr. Scott Russell Sanders is the author of more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Conservationist ManifestoHunting for Hope, and A Private History of Awe. He is concerned with the human place in nature, the pursuit of social justice, the relation between culture and geography, and the search for a spiritual path. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He and his wife, Ruth, a biochemist, have reared two children in their hometown of Bloomington, in the hardwood hill country of Indiana’s White River Valley.

Presentation Description: Dr. Sanders will talk about his new book, The Way of Imagination, in which he explores the role of imagination in art, science, and ethics. His book shows how imagination might guide us through the current social and environmental upheaval, as climate heating, epidemic diseases, divisive politics, and loss of biodiversity alter our place on the planet and our lives together. If it were not so common a talent, imagination would be recognized as a superpower rivaling anything dreamed up for comic-book heroes, for it breaks the shell of the status quo, summoning up objects that do not yet exist, actions that no one has yet performed, and wiser ways of living.

Saturday February 27, 2021: 2:00pm-3:00pm

(also joining the book group to discuss his book February 7th: see associated programming page)

Simon Wilson

Dr. Simon Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education at Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK, and a member of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies at Cambridge, UK. He has a special interest in landscape, co-creation, love of learning, spirituality, and the true nature of sustainability. He has published on these topics in Prioritizing Sustainability Education(2020, Eds. Armon, Scoffham and Armon), and Greening the Paranormal(2019, Ed. Hunter). He is the editor, with Angela Voss, of Re-enchanting the Academy (2017). 

Presentation Description: He will speak on the intricate and co-creative network of love between humans and the natural world, which can be cultivated by the traditional notion of study. This may be the true solution to the current ecological crisis, drawing in part in the sacramental and ecological teachings of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Sunday February 28, 2021: 3:00pm-4:00pm

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