UWTSD to host its third Lampeter Harmony Conference

27.02.2018

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is delighted to be hosting its third annual public Harmony conference at its Lampeter campus on Wednesday, March 14th.

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Entitled What is activism?, students are being given the opportunity to hear the thoughts of three leading activists and environmental commentators – Professor David Cadman, Professor John Sauven and Professor Alan Ereira   The three experts will open the event by giving a short statement on the theme of Harmony before discussing their views in a series of Question and Answer sessions with students from disciplines across the University.

The professors will be joined by staff from across the University, including Luci Attala, senior lecturer in Anthropology, and figures from the wider world, including Patrick Holden, founding director of the Sustainable Food Trust. The event will take place in UWTSD’s Arts Hall on the university’s Lampeter campus.  The conference has been organised in partnership with the University’s Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) and the Sophia Centre for the study of Cosmology in Culture.

The conference is open to all staff and students and members of the public are also welcome to attend. Dr Nicholas Campion, Director of UWTSD’s Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture and Conference Chair said: “The University is proud to host its third Harmony conference. The University has been developing policies and teaching related to sustainability in recent years – we are now interested in developing the philosophical notion of Harmony within the curriculum and in connection with the wider community. 

Dealing with the present social, environmental and economic crises is not just a matter of waiting for government and industry to change but of working out what we ourselves can do, as individuals and as communities. In order to understand the state of the world, we also have to address the underlying crisis of perception: what worldviews have led the Earth to its current state, and what worldviews can help us find solutions. It's important that we work out solutions between us, and the essence of the day is debate, discussion and decisions on action.

Dr Jane Davidson, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor at UWTSD and the Director of INSPIRE added: “The University has a growing reputation in relation to sustainability, The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and the principle of ‘Harmony’. Since the creation of UWTSD, we have been enabling new ways of looking at the world for a more harmonious relationship between humankind and nature and the need for greater understanding and tolerance – greater harmony – between and among us.

This university and the Lampeter campus in particular, aim to be a beacon in testing such assumptions in the spirit of harmony. We are already deemed a leader in sustainability for all higher and further education. Our scrutiny of these important principles will be enhanced beyond measure by the active contribution of these esteemed colleagues.

It's important that we work out solutions between us and the essence of the Harmony Conference is to debate, to discuss and to make decisions on action.”

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The Harmony Conference will take place at UWTSD Lampeter on Wednesday, March 14th and is open to members of the public as well as the University community.

For further information, please visit  http://www.harmonyinitiative.net/event-harmony-conference-14-march-2018.php

 

About the speakers: 

Professor David Cadman

David Cadman is a Quaker writer. He has held a number of professorial chairs and is now a Visiting Professor at University College London and the University of Maryland. He is a Professor of Practice at the University of Wales Trinity St. David. He is a Trustee of The Prince's School of Traditional Arts and a Fellow of The Temenos Academy, of which His Royal Highness is Patron.

David Cadman's recent publications include Speeches and Articles 1968-2012, of which he was co-editor.

This is a collection of speeches and articles of The Prince of Wales, published by the University of Wales, Love Matters, published by Zig Publishing, 2014, Finding Elsewhere, a collection of stories for our time, published by Zig Publishing, 2015 and Why Love Matters, of which he was co-editor, published by Peter Land, 2016. His work can be found at www.lovematters.uk.com .

Professor Alan Ereira

Alan Ereira is an award-winning British author, historian and documentary filmmaker. He is a Professor of Practice at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David.

Educated at Kilburn Grammar School, Ereira subsequently worked at the BBC on television and radio since 1965 contributing documentaries to the Timewatch strand amongst others

He has been awarded the Japan Prize for his 1978 documentary on the Battle of the Somme, and the Royal Television Society Best Documentary Series award for his 1988 documentary on the Armada.

Ereira directed a documentary called The Heart of the World: Elder Brother's Warning (1990) for the British Broadcasting Corporation. In this film he documented his unique visits to the Kogi people of Colombia, an indigenous ('Indian') ethnic group which survived attempts by the Spanish conquerors to destroy them by retreating high up into the mountainous area of the Sierra Nevada, where they now live. These meetings were only allowed by the Kogi Mamos who normally restrict any direct interaction with the modern world. In Ereira's case, the Mamos made an exception as they saw him as the filmmaker they wanted to convey their message to the world.

Ereira regards the Kogi as unique amongst indigenous peoples in the Americas in that they have managed to retain their traditional culture almost entirely intact. Since the 1980s, the Kogi have warned, on the basis of their observation of ecological changes in the Sierra Nevada, that the world is facing an ecological catastrophe. They asked Ereira to make his films about them to warn the rest of the world (and particularly the West) that it needs to radically change its way of living, and its exploitative attitude to the natural world, if it is to avert this catastrophe. Ereira later wrote about the filming of the documentary in his book The Heart of the World (1990). This book has been republished and retitled as The Elder Brothers (1992) and The Elder Brothers' Warning (2009).

Aluna is the sequel documentary to The Heart of the World: Elder Brother's Warning and was made by an indigenous film crew and the Kogi Mamos in collaboration with Ereira. This is to be the final warning to the world by the Kogi Mamos, as it is apparent to them that the world did not heed their original warning in the first documentary. Ereira collaborated with Terry Jones on the documentary series Crusades (1995), Terry Jones' Medieval Lives(2004) and Terry Jones' Barbarians (2006), with whom he also co-authored the respective companion books.

In 2004 he also presented, wrote and produced a 6-part documentary series on the kings and queens of England for UKTV History.

Professor John Sauven

John Sauven is the Executive Director of Greenpeace UK. With a background in forests he was instrumental in getting protection for the Great Bear temperate rainforest in Canada. It was an epic battle between logging companies, timber traders and their retail customers in Europe and North America.

John Sauven co-ordinated the international campaign to secure a moratoria on further destruction of the Amazon by soya producers and later similar tactics were used to get a cattle moratorium. Similar tactics were used elsewhere to tackle the drivers of deforestation including for paper and palm oil in Indonesia. Ultimately it changed the supply chains of many of the world's biggest corporations. It was one of Greenpeace's most successful campaigns to protect large areas of the world's last intact rainforests providing both climate and biodiversity protection as well as local peoples livelihoods. In 2010 John Sauven started the campaign to protect the Arctic from oil exploration. It turned into a heroic battle first with Russia's Gazprom and then Shell. In 2015 Shell pulled out of the Arctic.

Further Information

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