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Cleveland Humanities Festival 2019

Wednesday, April 10  from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Music & Communication Building, Drinko Hall

Respect for Nature: An Intentional Ethical Stance

Lecture by Dr. Allyson L. Robichaud
Department of Philosophy and Comparative Religion

While there have been improvements since petrochemicals floating on the Cuyahoga River burned with some regularity, these are mostly the result of our thinking about human welfare. Philosopher Paul Taylor and naturalist Aldo Leopold have argued against a wholly instrumentalist view of nature, one where the value of nature and its inhabitants is entirely dependent upon nature’s ability to meet human needs and desires. This talk, by Dr. Allyson L. Robichaud, will focus on the works of Taylor and Leopold and the arguments each makes to justify the view that humans bear an ethical obligation to develop and sustain an attitude of respect for nature, and how doing so would promote positive changes for us and for our environment.

Friday, March 22 at 7:30 pm
Music & Communication Building, Drinko Hall


Musical selections from Chopin, Schubert, Debussy,
Rachmaninov, & Mendelssohn


  • Halida Dinova, is an internationally-touring concert pianist
  • Dr. Kevin Mueller, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences at Cleveland State University
  • Dr. Alan Tartakoff is a Cell Biologist and Professor of Pathology at Case Western Reserve University.

ClimateKeys was founded in 2017 by composer-pianist Lola Perrin and is a global initiative combining solo piano performance, a talk by an expert and a conversation with the audience about solutions to global warming. ClimateKeys has been enthusiastically received worldwide.