Lectures in Religion 2013

The thirtieth annual seminar for religious leaders at Hiram College will feature David Abram, American philosopher and cultural ecologist.

Schedule of Events 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

7:30 p.m.: "A World All Alive, Awake, and Aware:  On Story and the Sacred"

Ballroom, 2nd Floor Kennedy Center

Thursday, April 4, 2013

9:30 a.m.:  Registration

Main Lounge, 1st Floor Kennedy Center

10:30 a.m.:  Brunch with David Abram (advanced registration required)

Dix Dining Hall, 2nd floor Kennedy Center

Noon: "The Commonwealth of Breath:  Climate Change and the Spirit"

Ballroom, 2nd Floor Kennedy Center

1:30-2:15 p.m.:  Reception

Kennedy Center Reception Gallery

2:30-4 p.m.:   "Wild Wonder:  Between the Animal and the Animate Earth"

Ballroom, 2nd Floor Kennedy Center

Registration Information

Religious leaders, scholars, students and all interested in the study of religions are cordially invited to attend all three lectures. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Registration is required for brunch on April 4. Please register by March 26, 2013. Contact Hiram College Special Events at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 330-569-5900 with any questions.


David Abram - The Ecology of Wonder

Professor David Abram, Ph.D., is a cultural ecologist and philosopher, and the award winning author of Becoming Animal:  An Earthly Cosmology, and The Spell of the Sensuous:  Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World. Hailed as "revolutionary" by the Los Angeles Times, as "daring" and "truly original" by Science, Professor Abram's work taps into both ancient spiritual wisdom and contemporary phenomenological understandings of human language and perception, in order to explore the ecological depths of the human spirit, and help recover wholesome interrelationships with the animate earth. His deep, paradigm-shifting thinking has helped catalyze the emergence of several new disciplines, including spiritual and religious ecology, eco-phenomenology, and eco-psychology.  He has been the recipient of the international Lannan Literary Award, as well as fellowships from the Watson and the Rockefeller Foundations, and he has been named by both the Utne Reader and the British journal Resurgence as one of a hundred visionaries currently transforming the world.  Professor Abram's essays on the cultural causes and consequences of environmental disarray are published in numerous magazines, scholarly journals, and anthologies; he is founder and creative director of the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE) http://www.wildethics.org.

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