Newsletter – April 2012
In this edition of the College newsletter we are pleased to announce details of our new part-time and postgraduate programmes. We have a special interview with Jonathan Balcombe and Marc Bekoff who join us for the forthcoming short course Animals and Us, plus details of new courses, special offers, blogs and other news from around the College.
Animals and Us
Monday, 18 – 22 June 2012 | Jonathan Balcombe (videolink), Marc Bekoff (videolink), Richard Ryder, Rachel Hevesi, Satish Kumar.
Do you crave a more meaningful and compassionate relationship with the non-human animal world?
New research shows that animals have very rich cognitive lives. They are smart, emotional and have moral sentiments. What does this new evidence mean in terms of animal ethics, rights and welfare? How do we adjust our attitudes towards other animals from an individual and societal perspective? And what can we learn about our own species, struggling to move to a more sustainable future?
INTERVIEW: We talk to course teachers Marc Bekoff and Jonathan Balcombe, about why the study of animals is so important and what we can learn about them and ourselves from new scientific findings.
Q: Why is this course so important at this time?
MB: The study of human-animal interactions is one of the hottest areas in animal studies – attracting people from many different disciplines – the sciences and social sciences, arts, literature and philosophy. It’s because more and more of us feel alienated from other animals and nature and are seeking a way back – a way of reconnecting, a way of re-wilding our hearts….read more here >>
Ecology, Scarcity and The Gift Economy
Monday, 15-19 July 2012 – Charles Eisenstein and Toni Spencer
Charles Eisenstein has already been described as one of the great minds of our time. His most recent work Sacred Economics explores how in many aspects of our lives Separation has been the driving force in creating the current, destructive culture with it’s strong addiction to technical fixes that serve only to deepen the alienation of humans for nature and each other.
This rare opportunity to learn directly from Charles will offer you the chance to explore our civilization’s basic mythology and how it has shaped the economic system we now have. It will then turn to the emerging opportunities we as individuals and communities have open to us, as we envision an economics that restores to wholeness our fractured communities, relationships, cultures, ecosystems, and planet.
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