The Forum on Religion Presents

David Abram

Earthly Astonishment: Toward an Ecological Sense of the Sacred

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
7:00 PM
Institute of the Americas - Hojel Auditorium (Copley Center)
10111 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Forum lectures are free and open to the public. RSVP not necessary.

The talk will be followed by a panel session and Q&A with the audience. The panelists are Richard S. Cohen, Program for the Study of Religion; Cathy Gere, Department of History; Rafael Núñez, Department of Cognitive Science; and Anna Joy Springer, Department of Literature.

abram1 David Abram is a cultural ecologist and environmental philosopher who lectures and teaches widely on several continents. He is the author of Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology (Pantheon, 2010), and The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World (Vintage, 1997).

Hailed as "revolutionary" by the Los Angeles Times, as “daring” and “truly original” by Science, David’s work has helped catalyze the emergence of several new disciplines, including the burgeoning field of ecopsychology. Named by both the Utne Reader and the British journal Resurgence as one of a hundred visionaries transforming contemporary culture, he’s been the recipient of various awards and fellowships, including the international Lannan Literary Award for nonfiction.

David’s essays on the cultural causes and consequences of environmental disarray are published in numerous magazines, scholarly journals, and anthologies. Co-founder of the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE), he lives with his family in the foothills of the southern Rockies.


Department of Literature
Dean, Division of Arts and Humanities
Muir College/ Environmental Studies Program
Department of Cognitive Science