David is a cultural ecologist and philosopher. He is the author of The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World. An accomplished sleight-of-hand magician who has lived with indigenous sorcerers in Indonesia, Nepal and the Americas, his essays have appeared often in such journals as Orion, Tikkun, Environmental Ethics, Wild Earth, Parabola, Resurgence and The Ecologist, as well as in over 35 edited anthologies. Nomadic by nature, David lectures and teaches widely on several continents. He was named by the Utne Reader as one of a hundred visionaries currently transforming the world. His work focuses upon the cultural causes and consequences of environmental disarray; upon the experiential effects of technological change; and upon the ecological dimensions of sensory perception and of language -- the manner in which these two, interdependent realms (sensing and speaking) modulate the ethical relation between humankind and the animate earth. David recently founded the Alliance for Wild Ethics. He maintains a passionate interest in interspecies communication, and in the rejuvenation of oral culture.
Wednesday, April 27 -- 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
The Ecology of Wonder: Consciousness, Language and the Animate