Monday, April 18, 2016

Joseph Prabhu lecture by Professor Philip Clayton provides a philosophic perspective on sustainable civilization at Cal State, LA.

Come and join us at Cal State, LA, on Thursday, April 21, from 3:00-5:15 for a lecture entitled "Towards a Sustainable Civilization: New Direction in Environmental Philosophy" by Professor Philip Clayton, a Quaker who cares deeply about the environment and is now working with theologian John Cobb, one of the first theologians to call attention to the climate crisis in 1971. Phil is a powerful speaker and so are the others on this program. What a spendiferous way to begin the Joseph Prabhu memorial lecture on Earth Day!


Philip Clayton is the Ingraham Professor at Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California. Clayton has taught or held research professorships at Williams College, California State University, Harvard University, Cambridge University, and the University of Munich. His research focuses on biological emergence, religion and science, process studies, and contemporary issues in ecology, religion, and ethics. He is the recipient of multiple research grants and international lectureships, as well as the author of numerous books, including The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, Faith(2011); Religion and Science: The Basics (2011); Transforming Christian Theology: For Church and Society (2009); and In Quest of Freedom: The Emergence of Spirit in the Natural World (2009). He also edited The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science (2006).

JosephprabhuJoseph Prabhu is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) and member of the Executive Committee of the Parliament of the World's Religions. He is active as both a scholar and a peace activist. He has edited: The Intercultural Challenge of Raimon Panikkar (1996 ) and co-edited the two-volumeIndian Ethics: Classical Traditions and Contemporary Challenges (2007, 2011). He has three books in process, “Liberating Gandhi: Community, Empire and a Culture of Peace,” due out in 2011, and “Hegel, India and the Dark Face of Modernity” and “Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspective,” due out in 2012. He has been a Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University and of the Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago and a Visiting Professor there. He has also been co-editor ofRe-Vision from 1995-2003 and a contributing editor of Zygon. He is the past President of the international Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, 2008-09, and the Program Chair for the Melbourne Parliament of the World’s Religions, 2009. Among his many awards are the Outstanding Professor Award of CSULA for 2004-05 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Soka Gakkai, USA and a Commendation from the Southern California Committee of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.
John B. Cobb, Jr.jpgJJohn B. Cobb, Jr. (born February 9, 1925) is an American theologianphilosopher, and environmentalistGary Dorrienhas described Cobb as one of the two most important North American theologians of the twentieth century (the other being Rosemary Radford Ruether).[1] Cobb is often regarded as the preeminent scholar in the field of process philosophyand process theology—the school of thought associated with the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead.[2] Cobb is the author of more than fifty books.[3] In 2014, Cobb was elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[4]

Ruth Broyde Sharone

An international motivational speaker, passionate about generating grassroots interfaith work and teaching peace-building, Ruth Broyde Sharone is also a filmmaker and  journalist. She served on the global staff of the Parliament of the World’s Religions and she travels extensively in the U.S. and abroad, presenting her unique interfaith program and prize-winning film, God and Allah Need to Talk, to churches, synagogues, mosques, and on college campuses.
She has spoken twice at UN roundtables in Geneva and organized many interfaith trips to Egypt, Israel and Turkey. In 2000 she received a gold medal in Geneva for her contribution to “cultural education" from Fete d'Excellence. An advocate for citizen diplomacy, she organized  major interfaith events at  the Bangladeshi and Moroccan Embassies in Washington, D.C. and in 2013 she was inducted into the Martin Luther King Board of Advisors for Morehouse College.  Broyde Sharone is also a regular correspondent for the on-line magazine TheInterfaith Observer. Her memoir Minefields & Miracles: Why God and Allah Need to Talk--received more than 30 endorsements from religious leaders around  the world, including  from H.H. the Dalai Lama. Recently she released an album of songs from her upcoming musical.  INTERFAITH: The Musical.  

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