On February 23 at 11:30 in Ostrander Hall, we will welcome David Roon, Ph.D., Professor in the Natural Resources and Society Department at the University of Idaho as this year’s Seabeck speaker. A long-time area of academic and personal interest for Dr. Roon are Christian approaches to Earthkeeping. As a conservation biologist, he has studied bears and bats. He is also an artist and musician. At Seabeck, he will share his expertise in Conservation Biology and his passion for a Christian response to the ecological crisis.
The theme for Seabeck this summer will be Earthkeeping: A Christian Call to Care for Creation. In this preview presentation, Professor Roon will talk about Reconciliation Ecology. Reconciliation Ecology is a developing field within Conservation Biology, in which non-human life and ecosystems are integrated into places where human beings live, work, and play.
In the past, the practitioners of Earthkeeping have often viewed human beings as inherently separate from nature. Reconciliation Ecology rejects this separation. Whether it’s American crocodiles that thrive in the outflow ponds at a nuclear power plant or peregrine falcons that nest on urban skyscrapers, natural entities often need only the smallest of invitations to coexist with us.
Join us in February for this talk and a light lunch, and at Seabeck this year from July 5-10, 2020. Look for your Seabeck registration materials in the mail the first week of March. Email gro.ccuytisrevinu@kcebaes with any questions.