“Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization” is an international conference that focuses on the big ideas that matter for a thriving ecosphere, featuring some seven hundred presenters and more than eighty areas of specialty.

Leading scholars and activists, including Bill McKibben, Vandana Shiva, Sheri Liao, John Cobb, Herman Daly, Wes Jackson, David Ray Griffin, Harvey Cox, Mary Elizabeth Moore, Catherine Keller, William Connolly and others will explore questions like:

  • What would business and finance look like if the aim of creating a thriving exosphere becomes the goal of the economy?
  • How would the university be reshaped if it accepted responsibility for the future of the Earth rather than attempt to be value-free?
  • What would religion be like if it were to focus on world loyalty as opposed to sectarian or national loyalty or escapism?

Most of this conference will be devoted to meeting in small working groups (“tracks”) to discussion particular topics of real importance. There are 82 Tracks which are organized under 12 key themes or “12 Sections“. The task of these Tracks is to advance thinking on particular issues in the direction needed if we are to move toward an ecological civilization. For those interested, we will also be offering 2 Introductory Courses on process thought, led by leading thinkers in the field. For optimal working group discussions, it is recommended that registrants select only one of the 80+ tracks/courses, and commit to attending that track/course for the entirety of the conference. While choosing a single Track is not required, all Tracks and Courses run concurrently, and will consist of 8, 90minute sessions, so changing groups will entail missing out on important parts of the discussion.

 

Conference Schedule:

8:00 AM – 6:30 PM        
Registration: Bridges Auditorium Lobby
Pre-Conference Activities: (Tours, etc.)

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM          
Public Plenary: Bill McKibben – “Climate Warming as a Civilizational Crisis”

9:15 PM – 10:00 PM        
Reception

7:30 AM – 12 Noon          
Registration

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM       
Conference Plenary: John Cobb, Jr. – “A Whiteheadian response to the Global Crisis”

10:30 AM – 11 AM            
Break: Refreshments

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM       
Section Plenaries

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM          
Lunch Break

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM           
Session #1

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM           
Break: Refreshments

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM            
Session #2

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM            
Dinner Break

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM            
Public Plenary: Vandana Shiva – “The Misuse of Science in the Global Crisis”

9:00 PM – 10:00 PM         
Reception

7:30 AM – 12 Noon          
Registration

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM       
Conference Plenary: Herman Daly – “Ecological Economics for an Ecological Civilization”

10:30 AM – 11 AM            
Break: Refreshments

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM       
Session #3

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM          
Lunch Break

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM           
Session #4

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM           
Break: Refreshments

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM            
Session #5

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM            
Dinner Break

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM            
Public Plenary: Sheri Liao – “Ecological Politics for an Ecological Civilization”

9:00 PM – 10:00 PM         
Reception

7:30 AM – 12 Noon          
Late Registration

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM       
Conference Plenary: Wes Jackson – “Ecological Agriculture for an Ecological Civilization”

10:30 AM – 11 AM            
Break: Refreshments

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM       
Session #6

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM          
Lunch Break

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM           
Session #7

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM           
Break: Refreshments

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM            
Session #8

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM            
Banquet: David Griffin – “The Whiteheadian Century!”
Response by Harvey Cox

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM         
Reception