February 24, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Rivka Ulmer, a professor of Jewish studies at Bucknell University, and Rabbi Moshe Ulmer will give the talk, "Aspects of Ecology in Judaism," on Monday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in the Traditional Reading Room of the Bertrand Library at Bucknell.

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

The Ulmers will discuss Jewish beliefs and practices concerning the natural world in light of current environmental concerns and the perspectives they provide on modern approaches to nature.

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 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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