Sean Esbjorn-Hargens Speaks on Integral Ecology May 2

May 1st, 2011 by Adam

Plymouth, N.H. –The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present Professor Sean Esbjörn-Hargens at 7 p.m. Monday, May 2, in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center.

Esbjörn-Hargens will speak on “Integral Ecology: Things are Simultaneously Getting Worse, Getting Better, and are Already Perfect.”

He says, “Today there is a bewildering diversity of views on ecology and the natural environment. How can we come to agreement to solve our toughest environmental problems?”

In response to this pressing question, integral ecology unites insights from multiple perspectives into a comprehensive pragmatic framework. This framework highlights how various perspectives are each correct in their view that things are getting worse (e.g., climate change), things are getting better (e.g., new environmental legislation), and things are already perfect (e.g., being present to the beauty of each and every moment).

Esbjörn-Hargens is associate professor and founding chair of the Department of Integral Theory at JFK University in Pleasant Hill, Calif. He is founding director of the Integral Research Center and the Integral Ecology Center, founding executive editor of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice and co-founder and co-organizer of the biennial Integral Theory Conference.

A leading scholar-practitioner in integral theory, Esbjörn-Hargens is co-author of Integral Ecology: Uniting Multiple Perspectives on the Natural World and co-editor of Integral Education: New Directions for Higher Learning.

This year’s Sidore Lecture Series focuses on developing solutions to some of the world’s most vexing issues. This year’s speakers seek to inspire audiences to find ways to become involved and effect change to help make a better world for us all.

The Sidore Lecture Series, named for humanitarian and New Hampshire businessman Saul O Sidore, was established in 1979 by PSU and the Sidore Memorial Foundation. The series brings a variety of speakers to campus to address critical issues and events in politics, society and culture, topics that reflect Sidore’s interests.

Sidore Lectures are free and open to the public. Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.

General information about events at PSU is available at ThisWeek@PSU,

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