May 2014 Festival Speakers 2016-10-28T14:22:01+00:00
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 14th OPENING REFLECTION: INDIGENOUS TEACHING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE • 9 AM – 10 AM

Dr. Melissa K. Nelson is a cultural ecologist, media-maker and indigenous scholar-activist. She is an associate professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University and president of the Cultural Conservancy, A Native-led indigenous rights organization, which she has directed since 1993. Her work is dedicated to indigenous revitalization, environmental restoration, intercultural understanding and the renewal and celebration of community health and biocultural diversity. Nelson edited and contributed to Original Instructions – Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future (2008) and regularly publishes in books and journals. She has produced four documentary films and serves on the board of directors of Bioneers and the Center for Whole Communities. She is a former board member of the United Religions Initiative and the Interfaith Council of the Presidio. Nelson is Anishinaabe / Métis /Norwegian and an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.
COST: Free / Ticket is required. Order by telephone (502) 584 – 1205 or pick up at the ATL box office.

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THE CULTURAL CONSERVANCY

http://www.nativeland.org

original_instructions_indigenous_teachings_for_a_sustainable_future

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Wednesday, May 14 • SOIL AND SACRAMENT • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

In his writing and teaching, Fred Bahnson calls attention to the sacred relationship between food and faith, which he terms sacramental. His writings attest to the prophetic character of the Earth as the outward sign of an inner holiness. These writings have received consistent awards: 2006 – Pilgrimage Essay Award; 2008 – William Raney scholarship from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference; 2009-10 – Kellogg Food & Community fellowship; and 2012 – North Carolina Artist fellowship in creative nonfiction.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

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WEBSITE:

http://fredbahnson.com

TEDx TALK:

http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Soil-Sacrament-Fred-Bahnson-at;search%3Atag%3A%22TEDxManhattan%22

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITY

http://divinity.wfu.edu/faculty/faculty-listings/

BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE FESTIVAL BOOK SIGNING

RNS-SOIL-SACRAMENT

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Rabbi Dr. Nadia Siritsky. LCSW, BCC originally hails from Montreal, Canada. She has lived in several countries, including nearly three years in Jerusalem, Israel, where she studied in several yeshivas, or traditional institutions of higher Jewish learning. She was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she also completed her Doctorate in Ministry. She completed her chaplaincy training program at the Jewish Institute of Pastoral Care and the HealthCare Chaplaincy, and her Masters of Science in Social Work at the University of Louisville.

In addition to her congregational experience, at the Temple, Louisville, KY and most recently, at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Rabbi Dr. Siritsky has also worked as an interfaith chaplain and psychotherapist in several settings including hospice and palliative care. She has served on the board of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains, the Society for Classical Reform Judaism and on the Rabbinic Advisory Committee for Interfaithfamily.com.  Her calling, research and practice has consistently been dedicated to “tikkun olam” – the healing of the world, one sacred relationship at a time.

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Wednesday, May 14th • HEALING SELF, HEALING SOCIETY • 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf is president, co-founder, and senior faculty member of Zaytuna College, America’s first Muslim liberal arts college. He is also an advisor on Islamic studies at Stanford University and at Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union. In addition, his work includes an outstanding publication record as author and translator of books and articles on Islam. He has recently been ranked as “the Western world’s most influential Islamic scholar” by The Muslim 500, edited by John Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

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SANDALA

www.sandala.org

ZAYTUNA

http://www.zaytunacollege.org/academics/faculty/hamza_yusuf

BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE FESTIVAL BOOK SIGNING

Purification of the Heart

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Wednesday May 14th • DISTANT NEIGHBORS • 7 PM – 9 PM

Wendell Berry is the author of more than fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays and has been for the past 50 years America\’s foremost teacher on the subject of the wholeness of nature, embodying all life, human and earth. He has been honored with the T.S. Eliot Award, the Aiken Taylor Award for poetry, and the John Hay Award of the Orion Society. He was also recently awarded the National Humanities Medal, the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the Louis Bromfield Society Award. He lives with his wife on a farm in Henry County, Kentucky. He has been a strong advocate for the environment and for agricultural sustainability. His works include: The Unsettling of America, The Mad Farmer Poems, The Memory of Old Jack, and The Wild Birds.

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THE BERRY CENTER:

www.berrycenter.org

BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE FESTIVAL BOOK SIGNING

Distant Neighbors

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Wednesday May 14th • DISTANT NEIGHBORS • 7 PM – 9 PM

Gary Snyder is an award-winning poet and is also Professor Emeritus in Writing from the University of California at Davis. He is particularly notable for a deep earth-consciousness which permeates all that he has written. He developed this consciousness from a variety of sources, including First People and Buddhists, particularly Zen Buddhists. In the Western states of California, Washington, and Oregon, where he has lived most of his life, he developed a rapport with nature through mountains and forests, and he has expanded his acquaintance with rugged nature through his occupations as seaman, logger, trail crew member, and forest lookout.

Turtle Island, for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1975, takes its title from the Indigenous name for the North American continent. A partial list of other awards includes the

National Book Critics Circle Award in 2006, the Bollingen Prize in poetry, and most recently, the Wallace Stevens Prize.

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POETRY

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/gary-snyder

BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE FESTIVAL BOOK SIGNING

Distant-Neighbors

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Wednesday May 14th • DISTANT NEIGHBORS • 7 PM – 9 PM

Jack Shoemaker began his literary career as a bookseller in 1963 in Santa Barbara, California. In 1979, with William Turnbull, he co-founded North Point Press and served as the company’s editor-in-chief until it closed in 1991. He then served for a time as West Coast editor of the Knopf Publishing Group, but subsequently joined Frank H. Pearl in founding Counterpoint Press in Washington, D.C. In 2003, he joined the Avalon Publishing Group to establish Shoemaker & Hoard.

In 2007, in partnership with Charlie Winton, Shoemaker purchased Counterpoint Press from the Perseus Books Group. They also purchased Soft Skull Press and formed an operating agreement with Sierra Club Books. Offices for the new endeavor are in Berkeley, California.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

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BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE FESTIVAL BOOK SIGNING

COUNTERPOINT PRESShttp://counterpointpress.com/

Distant-Neighbors

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May 14th, 15th, & 16th • GUIDED MEDITATION • 9 AM – 10 AM

Gerardo Abboud was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, into a Christian family.  He was educated as an engineer and worked as a financial analyst at Ford before he made a dramatic change in his life.  He traveled to India in the ‘70s and resided there and in Nepal for 14 years as a student of Buddhism and of the Tibetan language.  His desire was to leave behind the “life of promotions, high salaries, and consumerism” in order to discover the richness within himself.  Back in his country in 1986, Abboud was nominated president of the Dongyuling Center, which offers free teachings in Buddhist theory and practice.  He has served as the Dalai Lama’s interpreter in Latin America since 1992.

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MIND & LIFE INSTITUTE

www.mindandlife.org

GERARDO ABBOUD AT THE MAY 2013 FESTIVAL OF FAITHS: SACRED SILENCE

 

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Thursday, May 15th • DIMINISHING HEALTH AND WELL-BEING • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Patrick Holden operates the longest established organic dairy farm in Wales and has for many years taken a leadership role in promoting a sustainability revolution in the way that food is produced and made available to consumers. In this role, he has served as director of the Soil Association and later as the founder of the Sustainable Food Trust. The importance of his work is apparent in his service as an advisor to the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit as well as in his having been named Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005, in recognition of his contributions to organic farming.

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SUSTAINABLE FOOD TRUST

http://sustainablefoodtrust.org

TED TALK

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Thursday, May 15th • RESTORING HEALTH AND WELL-BEING: MODELS OF INSPIRATION • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Dr. Monica Weis is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph and emerita professor of English at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. She is a longtime member of the International Thomas Merton Society and a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. Included in her publications are two books on Thomas Merton [Thomas Merton\’s Gethsemani: Landscapes of Paradise (UPK 2005) and The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton (UPK, 2011)], and a third is planned on THomas Merton and Celtic Spirituality.

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89.3-WFPL RADIO INTERVIEW WITH JONATHAN BASTIAN

BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE FESTIVAL BOOK SIGNING

Weis A

 

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[vc_accordion_tab title=”LAURA DUNN“]

Thursday, May 5th  • REFLECTIONS THROUGH ART • 7 PM – 9 PM
DAMAGE: IMAGES OF OUR EARTH IN CRISIS photographs by J. Henry Fair
HEALING: “FORTY PANES” a film by Laura Dunn

Laura Dunn is the Director/Producer/Editor of Two Birds Film.  She has produced outstanding documentaries on contemporary social justice issues, including ecological abuse, environmental racism and population concerns. Her first feature documentary, THE UNFORESEEN, executive produced by Robert Redford and Terrence Malick, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was released theatrically and broadcast on the Sundance Channel. Her work has screened at the MOMA, film festivals worldwide and as part of several grassroots tours.  Honors include a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, Student Academy Award, Yale’s Trumbull Fine Arts Prize, and the Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and five young boys.

Her latest documentary, “Forty Panes: A Portrait of Wendell Berry,” challenges us to imagine a better, healthier, saner world.

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FORTY PANES: A DOCUMENTARY PORTRAIT OF THE WORLD AS LENSED THROUGH THE WORKS OF FARMER, WRITER & ACTIVIST WENDELL BERRY

www.fortypanes.com

TWO BIRDS FILM

www.twobirdsfilm.com

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Thursday, May 5th • REFLECTIONS THROUGH ART • 7 PM – 9 PM
DAMAGE: IMAGES OF OUR EARTH IN CRISIS photographs by J. Henry Fair
HEALING: “FORTY PANES” a film by Laura Dunn

Photographer J. Henry Fair is best known for his Industrial Scars series, in which he researches our world’s most egregious environmental disasters. As a prominent lecturer, he has toured the world with his stunning collection, and his works are included in the permanent collections of several notable museums, including the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College, the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina, and the Cooper Union in New York City. He is the author of the book, The Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis.[/vc_accordion_tab]

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WEBSITE

www.jhenryfair.com

BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE FESTIVAL BOOK SIGNING

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Friday, May 16th  •  JUST SUSTAINABILITIES: RE-IMAGINING E/QUALITY, LIVING WITHIN LIMITS  • 10:30 AM – 12:30 AM

Dr. Julian Agyeman is Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University in Medford, MA.  His range of expertise is broad, including botany, geography, conservation policy, and environmental education.  He is the originator of the concept of just sustainability, which combines a commitment to preserving nature’s ecosystems with safeguarding justice toward all life – human and earth.  He has written widely on the subject of justice and equity issues as they emerge from public policy and planning processes that are the outcomes of embedded human-environmental relationships. He has authored over 150 publications, and in addition is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability.  In 1988, he founded Britain’s Black Environment Network (BEN) and is currently a member of several advisory and journal editorial boards.

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WEBSITE

http://julianagyeman.com/

89.3-WFPL RADIO INTERVIEW WITH JONATHAN BASTIAN

Introducing Just Sustainabilities

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RE-IMAGINING CIVILIZATION IN THE AGE OF NATURE: BUILDING RESILIENCE

2:30 PM • ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE

Kenny Ausubel is the CEO of Bioneers, an organization that he co-founded in 1990 with his wife and partner, Nina Simons, for the purpose of disseminating sustainable alternatives to practices that contribute to climate change and to social injustice. In pursuit of this goal, he not only supports and encourages scientific and social innovation, but he communicates with a broad audience through several media outlets. He produces an international radio series, has written four books, contributes to The Huffington Post, and has made an award-winning documentary, Hoxsey: How Healing Becomes a Crime, which screened at the Kennedy Center for members of Congress.

FULL SPECTRUM LEADERSHIP FOR ENGAGED ACTION: BODY, HEART, MIND, AND SPIRIT

2:30 PM • ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE

Leadership and women’s issues define the primary current interests of Nina Simons. In her writings and teaching, she establishes a close relationship between the two interests. She is convinced that leadership requires mindfulness, and she attests that this attribute is at the heart of the leadership practiced by women. Simons brings to the causes that she supports a characteristic originality, evident in her having co-founded in 1990 Bioneers with her husband and partner, Kenny Ausubel, and more recently, in pursuing the subject of leadership, she determines to “redefine its landscape.”

A book signing will follow the presentation.

COST: $15

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BIONEERS
www.bioneers.org

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Saturday, May 17th • AWAKEN THE DREAMER SYMPOSIUM • 10:30 AM – 5 PM

The Pachamama Alliance is a non-profit organization with the mission of empowering indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture and, using insights gained from that work, educating and inspiring individuals everywhere to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world.

The Awaken the Dreamer Symposium is an action-oriented program, designed to give participants the opportunity to learn about the current global crisis, how it came about, and what the human family can do to bring about a transformational change on planet Earth through environmental sustainability, spiritually fulfilling lifestyles, and social justice for all living species.  For more information about The Pachamama Alliance and its larger educational program, Up to Us, visit www.pachamama.org.

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JON SYMES is Outreach Director for The Pachamama Alliance and author of the book Your Planet Needs You. He has taken The Pachamama Alliance\’s transformational educational programs to audiences and partners around the world, including China, New Zealand, Ecuador, Ireland, and India. Symes also has a blog on Speaking Tree.

BARBARA JEFFERSON is WakeUp & Training Coordinator at Generation Waking Up, a youth affiliate of the Pachamama Alliance. Jefferson trains and supports young leaders in the field who are building community and taking action to bring forth a just and sustainable future.

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Saturday, May 17th • A CONVERSATION BETWEEN FATHER AND SON • 7 PM – 9PM
& INTER-SPIRITUAL EXPLORATION AND ZIKR

Ed Bastian holds a doctorate in Buddhist Studies and is the founder and president of the Spiritual Paths Foundation. His career has combined research and teaching in Buddhism and World Religions as well as in ecology. He is the former co-director of the Forum on BioDiversity for the Smithsonian and National Academy of Sciences, where he was also a teacher of Buddhism and world religions. Currently he is an Adjunct Professor at Antioch University in Santa Barbara where he is teaching courses on Buddhism, meditation, and religion.

He is the award-winning co-author of Living Fully Dying Well, and the author of InterSpiritual Meditation and Creating Your Spiritual Paths. In addition, he is a translator of Buddhist scriptures from Tibetan into English, publisher of Meditations for InterSpiritual Wisdom, and producer of documentaries on religion for the BBC and PBS. He is Co-President of the Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara, co-founder of ECOFaith Santa Barbara, and member of the United Religions Initiative Environmental Cooperation Circle.

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BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE FESTIVAL BOOK SIGNING

Purification of the Heart

 

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Saturday, May 17th • A CONVERSATION BETWEEN FATHER AND SON • 7 PM – 9PM
& INTER-SPIRITUAL EXPLORATION AND ZIKR

Jonathan Bastian is an award-winning public radio and television host. He currently hosts “Morning Edition” on WFPL and also “Up Front with Jonathan Bastian,” a weekly TV program, which airs across six states on KET.  Before his work in Louisville, Bastian created and hosted “Page by Page,” a weekly public radio program that was syndicated on multiple public radio stations across Colorado. He has interviewed many influential writers, thinkers, and policy makers, including Congressman John Lewis, Jared Diamond, Oliver Sacks and many others. His work has aired nationally on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and has been published on NPR.org.

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WEBSITE

www.jonathanbastian.com

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Saturday, May 17th • A CONVERSATION BETWEEN FATHER AND SON • 7 PM – 9PM
& INTER-SPIRITUAL EXPLORATION AND ZIKR

Shaikha Camille and Shaikh Kabir Helminski together direct The Threshold Society (www.sufism.org), a non-profit educational foundation for the study of Sufism. Both Camille and Kabir have long associations with the Mevlevi Order based in Turkey, and have brought its spiritual culture to more than 100,000 people in the United States and Canada, primarily through programs that they direct involving touring Whirling Dervishes. In addition, they have made available through their translations into English many classics of the Sufi tradition, including Rumi’s Sun and The Rumi Daybook, and Camille holds the distinction of being the first woman to translate a substantial portion of the Qur’an into English, published under the title of The Light of Dawn. They founded and, for a number of years, co-directed Threshold Books, one of the foremost publishers of Sufi literature, and have authored together or alone a number of books, including Camille’s most recent book, Rumi and His Friends, Stories of the Lovers of God, and Kabir’s The Book of Revelations. Camille has done much to spread awareness of the important role of women in Islam through her teaching and her book, Women of Sufism. For his outstanding role as educator and spiritual leader in Islam and the Sufi tradition, Kabir was named in 2009 one of the “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World.”

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THE THRESHOLD SOCIETY

www.sufism.org

The Knowing Heart_

The book of nature

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H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji has lived his motto, “In the service of God and humanity,” since he was eight years old, when he left his home to live in the Himalayan jungles and forests under the guidance of a spiritual master. Today, as a spiritual and humanitarian leader he conducts the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, the India Heritage Research Foundation, that runs and sponsors free schools, women’s vocational training programs, health clinics, and environmental programs. He was a leader in developing the first Encyclopedia of Hinduism, and he is the Founder of Ganga Action Parivar, a project dedicated to rescuing the Ganges River from pollution. His many awards from international and interfaith organizations attest to his commitment to a “religion of unity,” in the service of which he travels the world, and others travel to him to receive his “darshan.” *Cancelled Event[/vc_accordion_tab]

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Regrettably Festival of Faiths speakers Pujya Swamiji and Pujya Sahhviji, originally scheduled to present From Illness to Wellness: Our Planet and Ourselves on Sunday, May 18th, have had to cancel their US trip because of “very important work in India”.

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Sadhviji Bhagawati Saraswati was raised in a traditional, upper-class American family in Hollywood, California, and was educated at Stanford University, from which she was awarded a Ph.D. in Psychology. Before completing her studies, she took up residence at Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikest, India, where she has lived ever since. In June 2000, she was initiated into the order of Sanyas by her guru, His Holiness Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj and pledged her life to service, renunciation, purity, and devotion. Sadhviji teaches meditation at the Ashram, but extends her teaching activities worldwide. She is the Founder and President of the Divine Shakti Foundation, which offers education to children and vocational training as well as empowerment to women. *Cancelled Event

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Regrettably Festival of Faiths speakers Pujya Swamiji and Pujya Sahhviji, originally scheduled to present From Illness to Wellness: Our Planet and Ourselves on Sunday, May 18th, have had to cancel their US trip because of “very important work in India”.

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