SQM-inar - Spirituality and the Environment


Mark Wallace, Professor of Religion and Environmental Studies at Swarthmore College, will teach SQM-inar 2: Spirituality and the Environment on three Thursday evenings: October 4, November 1 and November 29, in Whittier Room from 6:30 to 9 pm.

Course description: Modern society regards human beings as highly evolved rational beings, other organisms as living but non-sentient, and everything else as inert matter. This mindset has led to ruinous environmental consequences. Mark Wallace’s SQM-inar explores a revival of the indigenous worldview called animism, the belief that all things are alive with personhood and sacred value. We will discuss this new but ancient way of inhabiting mother earth by reading and discussing philosopher Martin Buber, arborist Peter Wohlleben, and visionary Joanna Macy.

Interest in SQM-inar 2 has been brisk and enrollment is full. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, email Shelley Costa at scosta1@swarthmore.edu. SQM-inars are open to a mix of the Swarthmore Friends and College communities and are noncredit and free of charge.


November 29, 2018, 6:30 pm


Whittier Room