Conference | "Seizing an Alternative:" A Global Conference for the Planet


JUNE 4 – 7, 2015 | CLAREMONT, CA

CLAREMONT, CA – Nearly 1,000 presenters from some 30 countries and as many as 80 areas of specialty are coming together in Claremont, CA on June 4-7 for themost ambitious transdisciplinary conference ever held on behalf of the planet. All are invited to attend.

Titled “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization,” the conference focuses on the big ideas that matter for a thriving biosphere. Attendees can join working groups to explore the foundations needed for an ecological civilization.

“To see the world with ecological relations at its core means never to see it in the same way again,” explains renowned American philosopher, theologian, and environmentalist, John B. Cobb, Jr., the intellectual architect of the conference. Cobb has been called the most important living philosophical theologian. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is a pioneer at the intersection of the environment, philosophy, and ethics.

Plenary Speakers include renowned leaders on the environmental front, including Bill McKibben (founder of the global climate movement,, Vandana Shiva (world-renowned physicist, activist, feminist and philosopher from India deeply committed to issues of sustainability and social justice), and Sheri Liao (China’s leading climate activist, founder of the Global Village of Beijing, and recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award).

Other luminaries include the father of eco-economics Herman Daly, pioneer of eco-agriculture Wes Jackson, political theorist William Connolly, leading thinkers in religion and theology such as Harvey Cox, Brian McLaren, Mary Elizabeth Moore, Joerg Rieger, and many others.

The conference will be held on the campus of Pomona College and other Claremont colleges in Claremont, CA June 4-7, 2015. Cost: $300, with reduced rates for seniors, students, and low-income participants. To register, visit

“Seizing an Alternative” unites the 10th International Whitehead Conference with the 9th International Conference on Ecological Civilization. The conference is organized by the Center for Process Studies and is the inaugural event of Pando Populus, a platform for public scholarship and civic engagement for the Earth. For more information, visit

Conference Contact: Andrew Schwartz
Center for Process Studies | 909.621.5330

Press Contact: Claudia Pearce, Publicity | 909.482.2040