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Rebecca Kneale Gould, Senior Lecturer, Environmental Studies, Co-director: Philosophy, Religion and Environmental Focus, Middlebury College

What does it mean to live a spacious life? In a time of environmental crisis, does “sitting still” have any value when action and activism are so urgently needed? What role does the life of the spirit (however defined) play in our experiences of nature and in our commitments to promoting ecological health? And how does experience in nature, in turn, nurture the life of the spirit? This lecture will engage these questions through a showing of the 2012 contemplative documentary, The Fire Inside (co-created by Phil Walker and Rebecca Kneale Gould) followed by a rich conversation about the deep questions that the film evokes.