Wonderful news concerning my teacher, colleague, and friend J. Baird Callicott.
I am very proud to report that the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture announced that they are awarding J. Baird Callicott their first Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the study of religion, nature and culture.
The award goes to those whose work has a relevance and eloquence that speaks, not just to scholars, but more broadly to the public and to multiple disciplines as well…Among his many students, colleagues, and friends, he is known as a warm and generous person and a powerful mentor — qualities that make him especially deserving of an award that calls not only for a transdisciplinary intelligence but for an embracing generosity of mind.
The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature described Callicott’s hope and life’s work as the “attempt to forge a uni ed ethical vision; a standard of ethical behavior that will not only motivate a proper respect for nature, but that will at the same time also respect and tap into both the diversity and the uniformity of the Earth’s various religious and cultural traditions.” If this project comes up against objections and pitfalls, as critics are wont to point out, these are and have been instructive to the entire transdisciplinary field of studies in religion, culture, and nature. It is in this spirit that the ISSRNC honors this capacious, engaging, and highly original thinker with its first Lifetime Achievement Award.