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S2 Ep6: Environmentalism & the Humanities

How can we use the humanities to think about environmental issues? This #BrainBoxOK episode features a discussion with the State Scholar for Oklahoma Humanities’ upcoming Smithsonian Water/Ways traveling exhibition, Dr. Mark Davies of Oklahoma City University. The episode looks at ethical, cultural, and philosophical approaches to what our guest describes as “the greatest challenge not only of our time but for all time,” to maintain a livable climate for all life on Earth.

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Links to additional information about topics discussed in this episode:

Read Martin Luther King's essay The World House, which inspired our guest's thoughts on environmental ethics.

Check out the Interfaith Power and Light organization's list of "25 Steps Under $25" individuals can take to lower one's carbon footprint and save energy.

Find out more about the Smithsonian Institution's Water/Ways traveling exhibition, which is being brought to five locations around Oklahoma in the next year by Oklahoma Humanities.

Blue Thumb is a statewide citizen science program that trains volunteers to monitor creeks and streams and share their knowledge of water quality with others.

About our guest:

Dr. Mark Y. A. Davies is the Wimberly Professor of Social and Ecological Ethics and the Director of the World House Institute for Social and Ecological Responsibility at Oklahoma City University. He has worked in both teaching and administration at OCU for 23 years. Mark is an ordained elder in the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church, where he has served as Chair of the Board of Church and Society from 2015 to 2018. He is also currently the Oklahoma Humanities State Scholar for our newest Smithsonian “Museum on Main Street” traveling exhibition called Water/Ways, which we’ll talk about later in this episode. Mark’s Ph.D. is from Boston University in the area of Social Ethics. His teaching and research focus on the issues of environmental ethics, social ethics, interfaith cooperation, and ecological sustainability.

Read Dr. Davies' One World House blog, inspired by the vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. who believed that we all live in a great world house and that all people from various countries, backgrounds, and traditions must find ways to live in peace with one another.