Posted by: gdevi | January 29, 2013

Conservationist Dr. Cristina Eisenberg @ LHU

LHU Women and Gender Studies presents

DR. CRISTINA EISENBERG

AUTHOR, BIOLOGIST, CONSERVATIONIST

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, GREENBERG AUDITORIUM, 7PM

The presentation is free and open to campus and community.

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Presentation Title–Women and Wildness: A Postmodern Perspective

Human beings evolved as a species living in intimate contact with the wild. As a result, the need for this connection is embedded deeply within us. Dr. Eisenberg, author of The Wolf Tooth: Keystone Predators, Trophic Cascades and Biodiversity will explore the feminine connection to wildness through European mythology that depicts women’s relationships with wolves, beginning with Greco-Roman era. These themes will be compared to those in Native American mythology where the divine feminine is more openly honored. In our postmodern era, we are learning that honoring wildness, both in the natural world and within ourselves, is an essential and beautiful part of our feminine functioning and flourishing. Dr. Eisenberg, a conservation biologist who specializes in wolf ecology, will share her personal experiences from the field, the profound lessons about wildness that wolves and other wild creatures have taught her, and discuss how rewilding ourselves is essential both spiritually and ecologically to our sustainability as a species.

Dr. Eisenberg earned her doctorate in Forestry and Wild Life at Oregon State University, where she currently teaches. She has an MA in Environmental Studies from Prescott College. Her trophic cascades scientific research focuses on the ecological effects of wolves and fire in the Rocky Mountain ecosystems. Her book The Wolf’s Tooth: Keystone Predators, Trophic Cascades and Biodiversity was published by Island Press in April 2010. She is currently working on her second book, The Carnivore Way: A Transboundary Conservation Vision for a Changing World, and serves on the editorial board of Whitefish Review, and as a scholar advisor to the Black Earth Institute. In her archival research, she focuses on human attitudes towards wildness and women from the Greco-Roman era to the Renaissance. Cristina has lived in the rural West for many years. She is actively engaged in ecological restoration that supports ecosystem-scale carnivore conservation, and teaches ecological restoration and women’s field courses in forestry and wildlife.

Dr. Eisenberg’s website at Living with Wolves.

Dr. Eisenberg’s website at Oregon State University.

Dr. Eisenberg’s visit is co-sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies program, the Biology Department, the PCSW, and the Office of Human and Cultural Diversity. Contact Dr. Gayatri Devi, Coordinator of the Women and Gender Studies program at gdevi@lhup.edu or 484-2284 for more information.

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