Miami Presents: Undoing Dominion - Contemplative Arguments for Creaturely Rights

Presented on: Thursday, March 2nd at 5:30 PM EST

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The Edward A. Puff Sr. and Edith Kottmyer Puff Memorial Lecture in the Study of Christianity was endowed in 1986 by Rev. Edward A. Puff Jr., of Dayton, and his brother, Harold F. Puff, emeritus professor of management at Miami University. The memorial lecture is named for Edward and Harold's parents, in gratitude for the sacrifices they made that enabled the brothers to attend Miami during the Depression years.  This annual lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  

Does protecting human dignity require human dominion over the rest of Earth?

Amidst climate and extinction crises of the "Anthropocene," this lecture examines three religious arguments, each rooted in a form of contemplative pratice, in which realizing human dignity requires recognizing rights of nonhuman creatures. 

Willis Jenkins studies intersections of environmental and cultural change. He focuses in his own research on ethical and religious dimensions, while directing several multi-disciplinary research collaborations that engage local knowledges, including a major project on coastal change in Virginia.

Sponsored by the Department of Comparative Religion and the John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship

Alumni and friends are encouraged to attend this event in person in the Taylor Auditorium at the Farmer School of Business (FSB 0025.)  No tickets necessary.  Those who are unable to attend or would prefer to watch online should register her.  Please contact J.J. Slager,, with questions.  


The views expressed by presenters are their own and their appearance in a program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. Reference to any specific product or entity does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Miami University Alumni Association.