Symposium: Religion & Environment

Please join us April 19 in the Elliott School State Room for a symposium on Religion and the Environment, featuring two panels of academic and activist perspectives. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served. Come when you can, leave when you must!


12 – 12:15                   Introduction

                                                Kelly Pemberton, Associate Professor, Religion and
                                                Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

                                                Meghan Chapple, Director, Office of Sustainability

12:15 – 1:45                Panel One

Kolya Braun-Grenier: “Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters” – Engaging the Faith Community in Watershed Environmental Justice

Evonne Marzouk: Work the Land and Guard it: Environmental Ethics through the Lens of Jewish Thought and Action

Mayfair Yang: Environmentalism through Religious Discourse and Practice: Examples from Small-Town Wenzhou, China

1:45 – 2:15                  Break

2:15 – 3:45                  Panel Two

Mat McDermott & Gopal Patel: Hindu Environmental Activism on the Front Lines: Challenges of Working in a Multifaith Context

Ines Talamantez: Sacred Struggles for Sacred Waters: Native American Responses to Environmental and Social Injustice

Sarra Tlili: Qur’anic Creation: Anthropocentric Readings and Eco-Centric Possibilities

3:45 – 4:00                  Conclusion

                                                Robert Eisen, Chair, Religion



This event is sponsored by the Religion Department, the Office of Sustainability, and the Berz Fund.