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Dr. Bob Mugerauer lectures @ UT Bahen Centre

Tue, Nov 27/07

The Place of the Environment: City of Man or City of God

Dr. Bob Mugerauer

Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning &

Former Dean, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Washington

Tuesday, November 27, 4:00 pm

Bahen Centre for Information Technology, Room 1210

40 St. George St., Toronto

Presented by

Centre for Environment

Centre for the Study of Religion

The Religion in the Public Sphere Initiative

Cities Centre, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

University of Toronto

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What is the significance of “universal” human rights for environmental devastation at a time when “foundationalist” and “universalist” approaches have been rejected by post-enlightenment thought (rejecting God and other authorities), post-poststructuralisms (radically asserting differences and condemning the idea of objective truth), and neo-liberal globalism (advocating the "free market" exploitation of resources)? In this lecture, Dr. Mugerauer will utilize material from environmental anthropology, and then present some ideas relating to a contemporary basis for human rights, by drawing on the “new universalism” arising from Badiou’s use of St. Paul, Laclau, Harvey and others. Addressing the relation of environment and religion, he will briefly consider St. Augustine’s “City of God, City of Man” [sic], while also drawing on examples of decision making that invoke Islam, as well as Christianity. The feasibility of seeking solutions to environmental and social justice problems with and without formalized religion will be discussed, by reference to critical theory, phenomenology and Buddhism.

Bob Mugerauer is a Professor and former Dean in the Departments of Architecture, Urban Design & Planning, and Landscape Architecture, and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington. His specialization is the integration of multiple disciplines to explore the rich phenomena of the world and environmental well-being. He uses theory, especially phenomenology, to interpret and design-plan on behalf of a sense of place and identity. He has remained professionally active as a planner and “human factors” person on design projects and has just finished a co-authored book, “Environmental Dilemmas: Ethical Decision-Making” to be published by Lexington Press in spring 2008. He has also completed a project on “Heidegger and Homecoming”, to be published by the University of Toronto Press in 2008.

No registration or fee required, all are welcome.

Seminars are subject to change or cancellation.

For more information, please contact:

Pavel Pripa, 416-978-3475,

DIRECTIONS: Two blocks west of the Queen’s Park TTC station, the Bahen Centre is north of College St. adjacent to the Koffler Student Services Centre. When entering at 40 St. George St., Room 1210 is on street level at far (west) end of long main hall, on the left side.

PARKING: underground at rear of Bahen Centre, at 213 Huron St., 1 block west, north of College St.; please call 416-978-PARK for info and rates.