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Former Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professors in the Environment and the Humanities

Mary Evelyn Tucker

Mary Evelyn Tucker

September 2012 - January 2013 Visiting Lecturer in Religion and the Princeton Environmental Institute as a Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities

Tucker is a senior lecturer and senior research scholar at Yale University where she has appointments in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies as well as the Divinity School. She is a co-founder and co-director with John Grim of the Forum on Religion and Ecology. Together they organized a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. They are series editors for the ten volumes from the conferences distributed by Harvard University Press. Tucker is also research associate at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard. In 2011, she completed the Journey of the Universe with Brian Swimme, which includes a book from Yale University Press, a film on PBS, and an educational series of interviews. She is also the author of numerous publications including “Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase” (Open Court Press, 2003), “Moral and Spiritual Cultivation in Japanese Neo-Confucianism” (SUNY, 1989), and “The Philosophy of Qi” (Columbia University Press, 2007). She is a member of the Interfaith Partnership for the Environment at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Earth Charter International Council. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University.

John Grim

John Grim

September 2012 – January 2013 Visiting Lecturer in Religion and the Princeton Environmental Institute as a Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities.

Grim is a senior lecturer and senior research scholar at Yale University teaching courses that draw students from the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale Divinity School, the Department of Religious Studies, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and the Yale Colleges. He is coordinator of the Forum on Religion and Ecology with Mary Evelyn Tucker, and series editor of “World Religions and Ecology,” from Harvard Divinity School’s Center for the Study of World Religions (Harvard, 2001). He has been a Professor of Religion at Bucknell University, and at Sarah Lawrence College where he taught courses in Native American and Indigenous religions, World Religions, and Religion and Ecology. His published works include “The Shaman: Patterns of Religious Healing Among the Ojibway Indians” (University of Oklahoma Press, 1983) and edited a volume with Mary Evelyn Tucker entitled “Worldviews and Ecology” (Orbis, 1994, 5th printing 2000), and a Daedalus volume (2001) entitled, “Religion and Ecology: Can the Climate Change?” Grim is also President of the American Teilhard Association and received his Ph.D. from Fordham University.

While at Princeton

During their visit to Princeton,Tucker and Grim taught a course entitled Religion, Ecology, and Cosmology to illustrate how religion, spirituality, ethics and values can make important contributions—alongside science - to address complex ecological issues. The course involved an exploration of selected world religions with regard to their contributions to contemporary environmental ethics. In particular, it investigated the symbolic and real expressions of these interconnections in many religious texts, ethics, and practices that arise from the relationships humans have with the natural world and the cosmos.

Tucker and Grim also delivered several lectures including The Emerging Field of Religion and Ecology and the Yamuna River: A Paradox of Pollution and Purity. A screening of their Award-Winning Film: Journey of the Universe was presented followed by a discussion with Grim and Tucker drawing together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology and biodiversity with humanistic insights. more >>