Symposium covers living on our ‘altered planet’

2014-02-13T09:00:00Z Symposium covers living on our ‘altered planet’Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
February 13, 2014 9:00 am  • 

Acclaimed authors, academics and environmentalists are among the 10 keynote speakers scheduled to appear Friday and Saturday at the Spring Creek Project’s winter symposium, titled “Transformation without Apocalypse: How to Live Well on an Altered Planet.”

The symposium offers events from 1 to 7:30 p.m. Friday (with breaks) and from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University. The event is free and registration is not required. Because workshops are expected to fill up, people are encouraged to register at

The event encourages participants to face changes to the planet and to be part of “imagining and creating a saner future. This symposium will bring together a diverse, energetic, engaged community to celebrate and create tangible visions of new/old ways to prosper without exhausting the planet.”

Oregon State University’s own Kathleen Dean Moore and author Ursula LeGuin of Portland are among the speakers who may be familiar to local residents.

LeGuin is a winner of numerous national book awards who has published 21 novels, 11 volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, 12 books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation.

Moore is described on the event website as “a philosopher, nature writer, public speaker and defender of all that is wet and wild. She also is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and co-founder and Senior Fellow of the Spring Creek Project ... who speaks widely to audiences of interested citizens, scientists, church groups, etc. about the need for a moral response to climate destabilization and species loss.”

Descriptions of the remaining keynote speakers, schedules and workshops also are available at

Presented by OSU’s College of Liberal Arts and the department of Philosophy, the event also will feature readings Saturday by a trio of contributors to the climate change anthology “Facing the Change: Personal Encounters with Global Warming,” Kristin Berger, Willow Fagan, and Carla Wise of Corvallis. They will read their work and discuss the book at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at LaSells.

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    gadfly - February 14, 2014 11:43 am
    Lo, the future looks pretty sweet if you're white and relatively rich. For all those other poor b...tards out there, it's gonna get nasty! The 'climate chaos' (a direct result of the lifestyle choices of rich Americans) is happening today in England (wet) and the Alps (no snow) and the Pacific territories (horrendous storms like the one in the Philippines) and Tibet ('melting glaciers)... not fun.
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