March 22, 2022

Becoming Planetary: From the Personal to the Political

Event Details

Date & Time

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2022 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment


Free and open to the public


Hemmingson Center Auditorium, Gonzaga University & streaming online (streaming link will be emailed to registered attendees the day of the event)


Event Type & Tags

  • Academics

About This Event

Writing at the dawn of the new millennium, Thomas Berry declared that the historical mission of our times, the Great Work, is to reinvent the human at the species level within the Earth community. What does that mean twenty years later as we face intensifying climate disruption, political polarization, and a pandemic - all of which press us to grow our capacities for psychological and social resilience. "Reinventing the human" encompasses not only our cognitive minds but also our emotions, our senses, and our very experience of life itself. Join Professor Litfin, a pioneer in the rapidly growing field of contemplative education, for a thought-provoking and experiential exploration ranging from deep introspection to the visionary pragmatism of planetary politics.

About the speaker: Litfin has been on the faculty of the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington since 1991, and received her Ph.D. in the following year from UCLA. She specializes in global environmental politics, with core interests in green theory, the science/policy interface, and “person/planet politics.” Her books include Ozone Discourses: Science and Politics in International Environmental Cooperation (Columbia University Press, 1994) and The Greening of Sovereignty in World Politics (MIT Press, 1998).

Co-sponsor: Faculty Senate Speakers Committee