Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy to Speak at Xavier University

Macy will also host weekend workshop | November 15, 2007

Xavier University welcomes renowned eco-philosopher Joanna Macy to campus for an evening lecture Friday December 7 at 7:30 p.m. followed by a weekend workshop Saturday and Sunday December 8-9.

During her lecture, Macy will discuss “The Great Turning,” the essential shift of our time from an industrial-growth society to a life-sustaining civilization. This speech is meant to summon our courage and perpetuate the revolution that is already underway: to grow enough food, meet rational energy needs and ensure clean air and water. The evening address, which will take place in the Conaton Board Room on the second floor of Xavier’s Schmidt Hall, is free and open to the public.

Participants in the weekend workshop will join the already thousands of people whose lives and organizations have taken part in Macy’s workshop trainings. Communities of faith and education and grassroots organizations have used the tools that Macy provides to transform despair and apathy into constructive, collaborative action. The weekend workshop is $25 for students, $60 for the general public. It will also take place in the Conaton Board Room.

Macy is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory and deep ecology. A respected voice in movements for peace, justice and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with four decades of activism. Macy has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well a powerful workshop methodology for its application. Her 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.

The multiple facets of Macy’s work are explored in her books, including Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age; Dharma and Development; Thinking Like a Mountain; Mutual Causality in Buddhism; General Systems Theory; and World as Lover, World as Self.

This event is sponsored by Xavier’s Ethics/Religion & Society Program, The Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier, Xavier’s Peace and Justice Programs and Campus Ministry and the Buddhist Dharma Center of Cincinnati.

For more information please contact the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at 513-745-3922 or at Directions to the Conaton Board Room are available at