From September 10th to the 13th, several members of the philosophy department, led by the principle investigator, Dr. Sean McGrath, convened the Future of Nature, a four day festival of ideas on the West Coast of Newfoundland. With over seventy participants from aboriginal communities, the natural and social sciences, the humanities, and the visual and performing art, and moving between four venues in Corner Brook, Norris Point and Woody Point,
The Future of Nature was the first in a series of ecological interventions planned by For a New Earth, an international research initiative in environmental thought and action. The event featured lectures by prominent scholars and scientists, a visual art show of new works by Peter Wilkins, Gerry Squires, and Will Gill, an evening Gala of dance (Sarah Joy Stoker, Candice Pike, and Lori Clarke), story (Lisa Moore, Gerry Squires) and song (Esther Squires and Pam Morgan), and a evening of music with Gros Morne Summer Music’s ensemble Dark by Five. Many graduate students at MUN assisted in the organization and effectuation of the event, while numerous faculty members gave presentations, responded and participated.
The transdisciplinary group also hiked the Tablelands and took a boat tour of Western Brook Pond. For more details on this extraordinary event and to hear about more upcoming events, see futureofnature.ca.