Religion Lecture on Buddhist Environmental Thought
Feb 06, 2013FOR MORE INFORMATION:
DR. STEWART HERMAN, associate professor, Religion
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director
RELIGION LECTURE ON BUDDHIST ENVIRONMENTAL THOUGHT
The Concordia College Religion Department will present the 2013 Religion 100 Enrichment Lecture featuring Dr. Stephanie Kaza at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Centrum, Knutson Campus Center. The lecture, “Responding to Environmental Suffering: Insights from Zen Buddhism,” is free and open to the public.
Kaza, professor of environmental studies at the University of Vermont since 1991, is a writer, a practicing Soto Zen Buddhist and an active proponent of religious dialogue. As co-chair of the UVM Environmental Council, she has been actively engaged in campus sustainability initiatives to reduce waste, conserve energy and promote environmental values. She is the author of numerous articles on Buddhist environmental thought. She has also edited, co-edited and authored several books. Her book “Mindfully Green” is about Buddhist mindfulness and environmental sustainability.
For the past seven years she has also served as president of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies. She earned a B.A. in biology from Oberlin College; a M.Div. from Starr King School for the Ministry; an M.A. in education from Stanford University; and her Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Kaza’s message is consistent with Concordia’s growing commitment to sustainability and to the college’s Strategic Plan.