Thomas Berry Legacy Lecture Series

Following in the footsteps of Thomas Berry (1914~2009), an ecotheologian and “Earth” scholar, the forum pursues studies to find solutions for environmental destructions by taking on a wider perspective on nature and cosmology. Lectures and educational programs based on Thomas Berry’s works are provided to members and the general public.

The aim of the lecture series is to gain an understanding of human civilization, to find new directions for environmental recovery, and to realize a new era of Ecozoic culture.

Thomas Berry, 1914~2009

Thomas Berry was on the most important thorniest on the relationship between the nature and people. A Catholic priest of the Passionist order, philosopher, cultural historian and writer, he preferred to be called a geologian or an “Earth scholar.” A passionate and knowledgeable spokesperson for Earth, he was introduced as one of the most excellent cultural historians, and Newsweek mentioned him as a scholar as a new kind of eco-theologian who most stimulates.

In 1934, he entered the Passionist order and dedicated his life to research and studies. After receiving his Ph.D. in European intellectual history, he studied Chinese language and culture in the late 1940’s. In 1950s, he served as Chaplain Priest in Europe. Later, He taught Indian and Chinese cultural history at Seton Hall University and Fordham University.

For more than twenty years, Thomas directed the Riverdale Center of Religious Research.
His books include The Dream of the Earth, The Universe story (Co-authored with Brian Swimme) The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future, and Evening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth as Sacred Community (Edited by Evelyn Tucker).
In 1995, Berry returned to Greensboro, North Carolina where he was born and continued to he continued to write and lecture until his death at the age of 94.

Bibligraphy
1934 Entered the Passionist Order
1948 Received Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America in European intellectual history
(The HistoricalTheory of Giambattista Vico)
1948 Studied Chinese language and culture in China and USA, and learned Sanskrit for the study of India
and the traditions of religion in India.
Seton Hall University, Center of Asian Studies ,
Saint John's University, Center of Asian Studies
1966-1979 Director graduate program in History of Religion at Fordham University
1970-1995 Founder and director of Riverdale Center of Religious Research
1975-1987 President of American Teilhard de Chardin Association
1995 Returned to Greensboro, North Carolina
Noted publications of Thomas Berry
Befriending the Earth: A Theology of Reconciliation Between Humans and the Earth By Thomas Berry with Thomas Clarke, Translated in 2006
The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future By Thomas Berry, Translated in 2009
The Universe Story From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era,
A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos By Thomas Berry with Brian Swimme, Translated in 2010
The Christian Future and the Fate of Earth By Thomas Berry, edited by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, Translated in 2011
The Dream of the Earth By Thomas Berry, Translated in 2013
Evening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth as Sacred Community (2006) By Thomas Berry, edited by Mary Evelyn Tucker Translated in 2015
  • Thomas Berry Legacy Lecture Series 2019 Thomas Berry Legacy Lecture Series 2019 started on March 16(Sat) with a total of seven sessions until November 25. Thomas Berry Legacy Lecture Series has become a solid annual education program led by Young Sun Maeng. Seonho Choe, Attorney at Law and... 2019/08/08
  • Thomas Berry Legacy Lecture Series 2018 The third Thomas Berry Legacy Lecture Series started on March 24 led by Young Sun Maeng who led last year’s lecture series. This year’s series is using “The Universe Story: From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era – A Celebration of the U... 2019/08/08
  • Thomas Berry Legacy Lecture Series 2017 The second Thomas Berry Legacy Lecture Series started on August 19 at the Seoul City. This year’s series contains a total of eight sessions until January 2018. The lecturer Young Sun Maeng translated two books by Thomas Berry, “The Dream of the Earth... 2019/08/08
  • Thomas Berry’s Ecological Story (2005) by Young Sun Maeng The scholarly paper “Thomas Berry’s Ecological Story” was written by Young Sun Maeng who has led the Thomas Berry Legacy Lecture Series since 2017. Maeng translated two books by Thomas Berry, “The Dream of the Earth (1988)” and “The Universe Story: F... 2019/08/08
  • Korean Version of Biography of Thomas Berry A biography about the ideas and theories that influenced Thomas Berry written by Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker has been translated into Korean. See below for the Korean version and the original version published in Minding Nature: Winter 2009, Volume 2, Num... 2019/06/02
  • [Reference Video] ‘Spiritual Humanism: Confucianism, can it be a new anthropology?’ by Tu Weiming http://youtu.be/IuDIHdH5ibkThe video above by Weiming Tu is a part of the public lecture series organized by Kyung Hee University and Foundation Academia Platonica. The lecture series were under the theme of ‘Ask the World Intelligence: The Transitio... 2019/01/13
  • [Reference Video] ‘What does Christianity and Confucianism tell us? : The God of the Universe, Earth, and Humanity’ by Mary Evelyn Tucker http://youtu.be/jR3JVGt1sSA The video above by Mary Evelyn Tucker is a part of the public lecture series organized by Kyung Hee University and Foundation Academia Platonica. The lecture series were under the theme of ‘Ask the World Intelligence: ... 2019/01/13
  • [Reference Video] "Journey of the Universe" by Brian Swimme | Talks at Google On April 19th, 2016, Google introduced a talk by Brian Swimme titled "Journey of the Universe". He is a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, in San Francisco, where he teaches evolutionary cosmology to graduate students in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program. As the co-author of The Universe Story (Harper San Francisco, 1992) with Thomas Berry and The Journey of the Universe (Yale University, 2011) with Mary Evelyn Tucker, Swimme unfolds an amazing history of our universe. 2018/05/02
  • The First Thomas Berry Legacy Lecture Series 2016 The speaker of the lecture series was Father Jaidon Lee of Seoul Archdiocese, Environment Education Committee. Father Jaidon Lee is a catholic priest and student of Thomas Berry studies. The lecture series consisted of four sessions that discussed T... 2016/10/25