February 10, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University philosophy professor Sheila Lintott will give the talk, "Feminist Aesthetics and the Neglect of Natural Beauty," on Monday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Traditional Reading Room of the Bertrand Library at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is the second event in the series, "Avatar: Responses from Earth."

Lintott will examine feminist approaches to environmental aesthetics as a missing element in environmental and aesthetic philosophy, and their potential contributions to 21st-century environmental concerns.

Environmental parable
The series is an examination of various cultural perspectives on ecology from "real life" traditions and disciplines on earth, in response to the success of the film "Avatar" as a sci-fi environmental parable, said Alf Siewers, associate professor of English at Bucknell.

"This spring, practitioners and scholars from varied traditions and disciplines on Earth - Christianity, feminist philosophy and Judaism - will explore what resources for environmental thinking may lie in terrestrial traditions," said Siewers.

The series, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Environmental Center's Nature and Human Communities Initiative and the Chaplains' Office.

The spring series closes on March 8 with the talk, "Aspects of Ecology in Judaism," with Rivka Ulmer, associate professor of religion. The fall series will include Buddhist, Native American and environmental ethics perspectives on the environment.

A related event is the spring Nature and Human Communities Animal Studies lecture, "Do We Have Duties of Justice Toward Animals?" with Gary Steiner, Bucknell professor of philosophy, on March 25.

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