Internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Libby Roderick and beloved nature writer Kathleen Dean Moore perform in a concert entitled “What Do We Do When the Lifeboats are Burning? Songs of community and courage in a time of melting ice” bring inspiring music and stories to challenges of safeguarding the living world.
On Saturday night, October 13, 2012, SUNY-ESF will host a performance of songs and words from an amazing duo of environmental activists; internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Libby Roderick and beloved nature writer Kathleen Dean Moore. Their concert entitled “What Do We Do When the Lifeboats are Burning? Songs of community and courage in a time of melting ice” brings inspiring music and stories to challenges of safeguarding the living world. Joined by guests from our community - Oren Lyons, Jeanne Shenandoah and Robin Kimmerer- they will present a memorable and moving evening of music and stories.
Libby Roderick is well known for the warmth and power of her music. “The surprising power and depth of her music and the humor and spontaneity of her performances have attracted large and enthusiastic audiences across the continent and fans all over the world.” Her six recordings “have received extensive airplay on Earth and, in 2003, NASA played her song “Dig Down Deep” on the planet Mars as encouragement to the robot “Spirit.” Libby also teaches at the University of Alaska-Anchorage where she facilitates programs in service to Alaska Native students, bringing indigenous knowledge into the campus community.
Dr. Kathleen Dean Moore is best known as a nature writer whose essays question and celebrate our cultural and spiritual connections to the wild, nurturing earth. She is the author of eight books, grounded in wisdom, curiosity and a passion for the natural world. Her most recent volume “Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril” an anthology of one hundred environmental thinkers on our ethical responsibilities to the living world in the face of climate change. Moore’s books have won the Oregon Book award, the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award and others. Her work is published in magazines such as Orion, Discover, The Sun and the New York Times Magazine. She is also Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Writer Laureate at Oregon State University where she teaches environmental philosophy.
The performance is Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 7:30 in Nifkin (Alumni) Lounge in Marshall Hall on the SUNY-ESF campus. This event is co-sponsored by generous donations from the Syracuse Center of Excellence and multiple organizations at SUNY-ESF including the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, Student Affairs, Provost’s Office, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, Environmental Studies and the Baobab Society.