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ONU to Host Three-day International Environmental Conference

Mar 30, 2009

logo The Ohio Northern University Working Group on Religion, Ethics and Nature (WGREN) will host a three-day international conference titled "Recreate, Replace, Restore: Exploring the Intersections between Meanings and Environments." The conference will take place Friday, April 17, through Sunday, April 19, on the campus of Ohio Northern University.

The aim of the conference is to further the ongoing dialogue on religion, ethics and the environment by exploring three interrelated concepts: to recreate, to replace and to restore. The conference is both international and interdisciplinary. Speakers and participants represent four continents and eight countries and hail from environmental, scientific, ethical and religious backgrounds. There will be four paper sessions, two panels and three keynote speakers. All speakers and paper sessions are free and open to the public.

Dr. Anna L. Peterson, professor of religion at the University of Florida, will present "Environmental Ethics and Domestic Animals" on Friday, April 17. Dr. Dan Spencer will present "Recreating [in] Eden: Ethical Issues in Restoration in Wilderness" on Saturday, April 18. Spencer is an associate professor of environmental studies at the University of Montana. The final keynote speaker is Dr. David Abram, director of the Alliance for Wild Ethics. He will also speak on Saturday, April 18.

WGREN is a local initiative whose purpose is to facilitate dialogue between the academic disciplines and non-academic communities on issues relating to religion, ethics and the natural environment. The organization's primary venues include reading groups, roundtable discussions and an annual lecture series, all made possible in part through a Metanexus Institute Local Societies Initiate Grant.

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