Every autumn Rutgers Presbyterian Church welcomes a renowned scholar to our church for a weekend seminar and workshop. In the past we have hosted Dr. Steve A. Wiggins, Associated Editor at oxford University Press and Ancient Near East scholar, Prof. Patricia Tull who spoke on Faith, the Bible and the Ecological Crisis, Neil Asher Silberman, an Archaeologist and Historian. Last Fall we welcomed Susan Brind Morrow, who spoke on her book speak about her book The Dawning Moon of the Mind: Unlocking the Pyramid Texts. These are just a few of the fascinating speakers invited to Rutgers each fall.
This October 7 & 8 we welcome the American philosopher, cultural ecologist, and performance artist, Dr. David Abram. The morning lecture begins at 10am on October 7. For the afternoon seminar we recommend reading a chapter from his book “The Spell of the Sensuous” found here. He will also join us Sunday morning for worship.
Dr. Abram is best known for his work bridging the philosophical tradition of phenomenology with environmental and ecological issues. He is the author of Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology (2010) and The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World (1996), for which he received, among other prizes, the international Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction. Abram is founder and creative director of the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE); his essays on the cultural causes and consequences of ecological disarray have appeared often in such journals as Orion, Environmental Ethics, Parabola, Tikkun, and The Ecologist, as well as numerous anthologies.
In 1996 Abram coined the phrase “the more-than-human world” as a way of referring to earthly nature (introducing it in the subtitle of The Spell of the Sensuous and throughout the text of that book) ; the term was gradually adopted by other scholars, theorists, and activists, and has become a key phrase within the lingua franca of the broad ecological movement.