Community Gathering: Reclaiming the Conscious Soul of Ecological Struggle

Community Gathering: Reclaiming the Conscious Soul of Ecological Struggle

April 20, 2024
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

First Unitarian Society

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The environmental movement has done a good job addressing specific issues – water and air quality, the importance of recycling, specific laws to combat pollution – but has failed to address and change the dominant culture, some critics say. Reflecting on our capitalist, colonial, and consumptive culture, guest speaker Jason Lukasik, associate professor of education at Augsburg University, will help us think through the cultural changes and shifts necessary to bring about broader ecological change as we commemorate Earth Day.

All are welcome. Childcare is available. For details, contact The program begins at 3 p.m., followed by Q & A. At 4:30 we’ll break for socializing over nibbles and drinks.

Jason Michael Lukasik is associate professor of education at Augsburg University. Originally from Chicago, he has an extensive background in out-of-school learning, museum education, and higher education. At Augsburg, he teaches coursework on curriculum theory, ecojustice education, and educational inquiry. He leads the Boundary Waters Teacher Institute, a summer intensive opportunity for teachers to study outdoor and experiential education. Jason also teaches undergraduate coursework in Environmental Studies.

Dr. Lukasik formerly worked as a museum educator, leading a program for high school students at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. The program focused on the intersection of ecological and human justice issues and provided an inclusive classroom environment (along lines of race, class, gender, and ability) for student-led inquiry. His dissertation research was born out of his work with students at the zoo, examining the hidden colonial curriculum of zoo exhibits and their designed experiences.

His recent work on Experience Curriculum and Land Ethic brings him to the outdoors regularly – fishing, paddling, hunting and hiking – learning about this beautiful northern landscape. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and two kids.

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