Joanna Macy

Adjunct Distinguished Professor
Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness
Philosophy and Religion Department
School of Consciousness and Transformation

PhD, Syracuse University

BA, Wellesley College

Joanna Macy received her PhD (1978) from the State University of New York, Syracuse. She is a visionary activist and scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. Weaving these threads together, she has created both a groundbreaking theoretical framework for a new paradigm of personal and social change, and a powerful workshop methodology for its application. Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science. This work is described in her books Despair and Empowerment in the Nuclear Age; Dharma and Development; Thinking Like a Mountain (coedited with John Seed, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess); Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory; World as Lover, World as Self; Rilke's Book of Hours (with Anita Barrows); and Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World (with Molly Young Brown).

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