What is the Cosmos Telling Us?
featuring best-selling author Susan Griffin, climatologist Mark Seeley, & local musician Adam Levy
Friday, November 22, 7:00 to 9:00 pm & Saturday, November 23, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
As the planet warms, it cries out—through deadly heat waves, drought, superstorms like Hurricane Sandy, rising sea levels, and vanishing plant and animal species. But who is listening?
Through discussion and reflection, song, film, science, and literature, we will practice being attentive to listening to the cosmos, and explore how to move beyond denial to find meaning in a time of frightening change, transform our ways of living, and respond to the earth’s plea.
Friday – Screening of Chasing Ice & Presentation, “How Can We Be Present to This Moment,” by Susan Griffin
Saturday – Morning presentation, “What’s Happening In Our Own Backyard?,” by Mark Seeley
Afternoon presentation, “Sustainability and the Soul,” by Susan Griffin
Conference musician – Adam Levy
Featured Film: Chasing Ice
Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, National Geographic photographer James Balog’s videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. For more information visit www.chasingice.com
We will be guided through this year’s conference and our navigation of the question, “What is the cosmos telling us?” by award-winning, best-selling author Susan Griffin.
Griffin’s forthcoming novel The Ice Dancer’s Tale tells a story of global warming through the eyes of a skater from Southern California. “Gigi is strong headed, which sustains her through many challenges,” says Griffin. “But to create this dance she will ultimately have to learn a deep humility…this quality is also what is required of us now as inhabitants of an earth endangered by global warming. We need to see that we aren’t on this planet alone. To save ourselves and what we love, we will have to learn to dance with all creation.” Griffin has written 20 books, including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, and online essays for The Huffington Post, The Women’s Media Center, and Open Democracy. Read more about Susan in a recent interview by the Minnesota Women’s Press.
Mark Seeley is Extension Climatologist and Professor in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota and weekly commentator on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” news program.
He has helped Twin Cities Public Television produce award-winning documentaries, edited numerous children’s books on weather and climate, and has taught atmospheric science to K-12 science teachers for over 20 years. Mark will lead What’s Happening in Our Own Backyard?, a discussion on extreme weather and our changing climate.
Adam Levy, local singer-songwriter for the adventurous Americana rock ensemble The Honeydogs for nearly 20 years, teaches at McNally College of Music in St. Paul. His broad musical interests, background in cultural anthropology, and commitment to social justice have led him down multiple musical paths. Since his 21-year-old son committed suicide after a lengthy struggle with mental illness, Levy has shared his son’s struggles, his own grief, and sought to create awareness around the relationship between mental illness and creativity.
David Astin is a retired science teacher, citizen scientist, naturalist, storyteller, and natural history photographer on a spiritual journey. He lives in Golden Valley with his wife Sue, and his neighbors include more than the human population. David has created a citizen science research project with The Nature Conservancy, taught nature courses for OLLI at the University of Minnesota, and engaged a group at Wisdom Ways in “Learning to See Nature as a spiritual practice.”
His photography exhibit, Learning to See Nature, is now up in the Carondelet Center.
WHEN: Friday, November 22, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, November 23, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, includes lunch
COST: Friday only $20.00; Saturday only $55.00, includes lunch
Full event both Friday and Saturday, $60.00
$10.00 for students with ID for full event
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. We will welcome registration at the door 30 minutes prior to the events.