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"Moral Ground" author to speak at Olivet College Sept. 21
Sep 08, 2011

Michael P. Nelson, author and professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Michigan State University, will speak as part of Olivet College’s Lecture and Symposium Series Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 1:30 p.m. in Mott Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Nelson’s presentation is based on his book, “Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril,” in which 80 of the world’s visionaries, leaders and writers from across the political and religious spectrum present a call to honor our individual and collective moral responsibility to the planet.

Essays from contributors including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, President Barack Obama, Bill McKibben, Pope John Paul II, Ursula K. Le Guin, Wendell Berry, Thomas L. Freidman, Barbara Kingsolver, Terry Tempest Williams and others bring forth a rich range of perspectives from a variety of cultural traditions offering a new approach, one that calls on our ethical and moral code and puts us on the same page when it comes to the reasons behind the need for action.

Nelson is a writer, teacher, speaker, consultant, and professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Michigan State University. He is also the philosopher in residence of the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Project, the longest continuous study of a predator-prey system in the world.

Nelson is the co-founder and co-director of the Conservation Ethics Group, an award-winning environmental ethics consultancy group fusing ethics with social and ecological science. He is the author of many articles, and the author or editor of a number of books in and around the area of environmental ethics. Nelson is called upon regularly by various government agencies and conservation organizations to assist with understanding the ethical implications of natural resource management decisions.

For more information on the lecture, contact Mary Anne McMullen, director of special events, at (269) 749-7131 or mmcmullen@olivetcollege.edu.


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