Marlboro College presents eco-philosopher Joanna Macy

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BRATTLEBORO >> Marlboro College presents world-renowned eco-philosopher and author Joanna Macy in a talk titled "Teaching at the Edge of Time," on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

This speaking engagement is free and open to the public, at the Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Educators and students are particularly encouraged to attend, and Macy's talk will be preceded by a community gathering and cheese plate hour starting at 6:30 p.m.

"Threats to life on earth, from climate chaos to permanent war, can sink us deeper in denial or awaken us to our moral beauty and mutual belonging," said Macy, a scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking, and deep ecology. "It is thrilling to watch the many young people who are ready for and engaged in this evolutionary stage."

"We are so honored to have Joanna come speak in Brattleboro," said Kevin Quigley, Marlboro College president. "We in higher education have so much to learn from her decades of teaching, learning, and activism."

A respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology, Macy interweaves her scholarship with learning from five decades of activism. Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science.

"Joanna's work has been life-changing for so many people, including several of our graduate faculty," said Kate Jellema, associate dean for graduate and professional studies and director of the Center for New Leadership. "She urges us to rediscover our innate connections with each other and the web of life for the emergence of a life-sustaining, flourishing culture."

"Joanna is probably the leading Eco-Buddhist theorist in the world today," said William Edelglass, philosophy professor at Marlboro who has published scholarship on Macy's work. "She has argued in compelling and inspiring ways that Buddhist thought provides us with ways of understanding our experience of an interconnected, ecological self, and responding to the suffering around us."

Macy plans to share stories from three decades with the Work that Reconnects, a groundbreaking framework for personal and social change that has been adopted and adapted widely in classrooms, churches, and grassroots organizing around the world. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, she has helped people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. Joanna's talk will be followed by a Q&A period.

"Joanna Macy is a profound visionary for human survival and development," said Jeanette Pfeifer, a student in Marlboro's MBA program. "The Work that Reconnects is about moving to grounded insight, empowerment, and reconnection to our life energy."


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