Formby Lecture Series Continues at Texas Tech

Date: February 8, 2006
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons,

LUBBOCK – The connection between religious faith and environmental responsibility will be addressed in the next Formby Lecture Series from Texas Tech University Libraries’ Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.

The lecture will be held in the International Cultural Center's Hall of Nations at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday (Feb. 15).

Noted Eastern religions expert Mary Evelyn Tucker is the second speaker in the series on social justice, which engages leading scholars and writers who address the moral and ethical issues of the 21st Century. The title of Tucker’s presentation is “Justice in the Age of Affluence: Can Religions Respond?”

Bill Tydeman, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library associate dean, says that Tucker leads the way in the budding discourse on ecological issues within religious and spiritual communities.

Texas Tech University Distinguished Scholar and writer Barry Lopez also will make introductory remarks during the event.

Tucker is co-director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology with her husband, John Grim. Together they directed a series of 10 conferences at Harvard on world religions and ecology and edited a resulting 10-volume book series. She also is the author of "Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase" and "Moral and Spiritual Cultivation in Japanese Neo-Confucianism."

“This dialogue shows great promise for sustaining biological and cultural diversity,” Tucker said. “There is a growing realization that religion, spirituality, ethics, and values can make important contributions to address complex environmental concerns. Christian churches, for example, have a great deal to offer as they are involved with numerous grass roots projects ranging from global warming awareness to helping the poor.”

Tucker earned her Ph.D. in East Asian religions from Columbia University. From 1993-96, she was a National Endowment for the Humanities Chair at Bucknell University and until 2005 was a professor of religion at Bucknell. This year, she will serve as visiting professor at Yale in the Institute for Social and Public Policy.

The Formby Lectures began in 2005 with an appearance by Native American tribal elder Oren Lyons.

CONTACT: Jeff Whitley, director of communications and marketing, Texas Tech University Libraries, (806) 742-3685, or e-mail