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Emergence Magazine

Community

Uncertainty in times of crisis breeds fear and anxiety, but it can also uncover opportunities for greater connection and attention to the threads of relationship that so deeply connect us. In asking how best to respond to the crisis at this time, we feel that it is important to find new ways to come together as a community and to create spaces for support, creativity, and inspiration.

We are hosting a variety of new online programs with Emergence staff and contributors, aimed at providing a space where we can connect through the power of story and reflect on the deeper themes emerging at this time. Free of charge, online sessions include: a monthly book club featuring works by contributors; Contributor Conversations with Emergence writers and filmmakers; and a variety of workshops.

The Songs of Trees

For the month of June, we’ll be reading David Haskell’s award-winning book The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors, winner of the John Burroughs Medal for Outstanding Natural History Writing. Participants will meet online once a week to discuss a portion of the book with Emergence staff writer Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder. For the final session, David Haskell will join us for a live conversation and Q&A.

Please note that the final session will be a webinar and is open to those who do not participate in the weekly Book Club sessions. You can register for both the weekly sessions and the final webinar below.

Thursday, June 4th, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)
Thursday, June 11th, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)
Thursday, June 18th, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)
Thursday, June 25th (Webinar), 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures

In partnership with Point Reyes Books, join us for a live conversation between biologist Merlin Sheldrake and Helen Macdonald, bestselling author of H is for Hawk. The two will discuss Merlin’s newly published book, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures. We are pleased to be able to offer this event for free, though any support you can offer Point Reyes Books at this time is most welcome. You might consider making a donation or ordering a copy of Entangled Life from their online store. Registration via Eventbrite is required. You will receive a Zoom link a few days prior to the event.

Friday, June 5th, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)

A Time for Re-imagination

As we continue to adjust to life with COVID-19, the shape of the future remains unknown. But in the midst of this rupture in the fabric of our day-to-day lives lies an opportunity for re-evaluation and reimagining. This two-part facilitated workshop will explore the questions: What inner alchemy is taking place within us? What do we want to take with us from this crisis and what do we want to leave behind? What are the deeper stories within this experience and how might we participate in their telling? How can we be attentive to what is emerging?  We will have space for reflection, introspection, and discussion about our experiences over the course of this pandemic, and consider together how we might choose to emerge.

Due to popular demand, we have decided to do a second iteration of this workshop for those located in timezones outside of the US. Please note that the below times are listed in Australian Eastern Time (AEST).

Thursday, June 11th, 7:00-9:00pm (AEST)
Thursday, June 19th, 7:00-9:00pm (AEST)

Courting the Wild Twin

Mythologist and storyteller Martin Shaw will join us to read from his new book, Courting the Wild Twin. Through his telling of two ancient European fairy tales, Martin explores the wild parts of ourselves that we have exiled and how we can bring these “twins” back in order to heal a broken relationship with the world. Martin will also discuss his recent Emergence op-eds “Is This an Initiation?” and “Keeping the Smoke Hole Open.” This live conversation will include a moderated Q&A with the audience.

Wednesday, June 17th, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)

Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World

For the month of July, we’ll be reading Chickasaw novelist Linda Hogan’s book Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World. Participants will meet online once a week to discuss a portion of the book with Emergence staff writer Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder. For the final session, Linda Hogan will join us for a live conversation and Q&A.

Please note that the final session will be a webinar and is open to those who do not participate in the weekly Book Club sessions. You can register for both the weekly sessions and the final webinar below.

Thursday, July 9th, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)
Thursday, July 16th, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)
Thursday, July 23rd, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)
Thursday, July 30th (Webinar), 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)

Nature Writing Course

This writing course will be an opportunity to explore and develop creative work—non-fiction, fiction, or poetry—in response to given prompts. Held every other Sunday, each session will begin with a short time for reflection and conversation; everyone will then have the opportunity to share all, or part, of their writing with the group for responses, questions, and feedback, as desired. All levels are welcome.

Sunday, April 5th, 12:00-1:30pm (PDT)
Sunday, April 19th, 12:00-1:30pm (PDT)
Sunday, May 3rd, 12:00-1:30pm (PDT)
Sunday, May 17th, 12:00-1:30pm (PDT)
Sunday, May 31st, 12:00-1:30pm (PDT)
Sunday, June 14th, 12:00-1:30pm (PDT)

The Church Forests of Ethiopia (Past)

Author Fred Bahnson and filmmaker Jeremy Seifert kick off the first session in our Contributor Conversation series. The two collaborated to create the story “The Church Forests of Ethiopia: A Mystical Geography” for our recent Trees issue, as well as “On The Road with Thomas Merton” for last year’s Faith issue. Hosted by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Executive Editor of Emergence, Fred will read an excerpt from his essay and Jeremy will share his creative process behind shooting and directing the film. The live conversation will also include a moderated Q&A with the audience.

Wednesday, March 25th, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)

One Hundred and Eleven Trees (Past)

Last August, Emergence staff writer Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder traveled to Rajasthan, India, to learn about a transformative tree planting project in the village of Piplantri. Hosted by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Chelsea will read an excerpt from her essay “One Hundred and Eleven Trees and share her experience reporting for this story in India. The conversation will also include a moderated Q&A with the audience.

Wednesday, April 1st, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)

East to Eden (Past)

Acclaimed author Robert Macfarlane penned the introduction and post-script for our reprint of Roger Deakin’s essay, “East to Eden,” featured in our Trees issue. Hosted by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Robert will read an excerpt from Roger’s essay and discuss the life and legacy of his close friend. The conversation will also include a moderated Q&A with the audience.

Wednesday, April 8th, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)

On Survival: the Dead, the Sapling, and the Ancients (Past)

Forest Ecologist Lauren E. Oakes will read an excerpt from her essay On Survival: the Dead, the Sapling, and the Ancients” featured in our Trees issue, and discuss her time spent studying the consequences of climate change on a dying community of yellow-cedars in the Alaskan archipelago. The conversation will also include a moderated Q&A with the audience.

Wednesday, April 15th, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)

The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day (Past)

Writer Paul Elie will join us to discuss the legacy of Earth Day since its inception fifty years ago and the literary history of the environmental movements that soon followed. Hosted by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Paul will read an excerpt from his upcoming special feature essay on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day followed by a conversation that will consider whether we will live up to the promise of unified action on behalf of the Earth. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Paul’s work examines the ways religious ideas are expressed in literature, the arts, music, and culture. This live conversation will also include a moderated Q&A with the audience.

Tuesday, April 21st, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)

Emergence Short Docs Screening at EarthX (Past)

Join us and EarthXFilm for a special screening of three original Emergence Magazine short documentaries: Lost World, Counter Mapping, and The Church Forests of Ethiopia. After the screening, Jim Enote (featured in Counter Mapping), Kalyanee Mam (director of Lost World), and Jeremy Seifert (director of The Church Forests of Ethiopia) will participate in a live panel discussion moderated by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee.

Monday, April 27th, 12:30-1:45pm (PDT)

Braiding Sweetgrass (Past)

The Emergence Magazine Online Book Club will kick off with contributor Robin Wall Kimmerer’s acclaimed, best-selling book Braiding Sweetgrass. Throughout the month of April, participants will meet online once a week to discuss a portion of the book with staff writer Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder. For the final session, Robin Wall Kimmerer will join us in a live conversation and Q&A hosted by author Robert Macfarlane. Please note that the final session will be a webinar and is open to those who do not participate in the weekly Book Club sessions. You can register for both the weekly sessions and the final webinar below.

Thursday, April 2nd, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)
Thursday, April 9th, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)
Thursday, April 16th, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)
Thursday, April 23rd, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)

Thursday, April 30th, (Webinar), 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)

Lost World (Past)

Over the past decade, Sundance-winning filmmaker Kalaynee Mam’s work has focused on the impacts of development on local populations and ecosystems in her native Cambodia. In a conversation with Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Kalyanee will discuss her experience in Cambodia filming Lost World and the multimedia story “Tasting Sunlight.” This live conversation will also include a moderated Q&A with the audience.

Wednesday, April 29th, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)

Eleven Ways of Smelling a Tree (Past)

Writer David Haskell will discuss and read from his sensory essay “Eleven Ways of Smelling a Tree,” inviting us on a journey to visit—and smell—trees from around the world: blooming basswood flowers along the streets of New York City, the fallen limb of a Nothofagus beech in Queensland, Australia, a giant ginkgo in Tennessee. Violinist Katherine Lehman, Executive Director of the Boulder Philharmonic, will provide musical accompaniment to David’s reading. Moderated by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, this live conversation will include a moderated Q&A with the audience.

Wednesday, May 6th, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)

Losing Language (Past)

Writer and poet Camille T. Dungy will read from and discuss her essay “Losing Language,” an exploration of loss, extinction, and loneliness. In revisiting the passing of a dear friend and the final days of the last male northern white rhinoceros, Camille reaches beyond the common phrase, “There are no words,” to say that there are words and they matter. This live conversation will also include a moderated Q&A with the audience.

Wednesday, May 13th, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)

Praise Song for the Kitchen Ghosts (Past)

Raised on a farm in Kentucky, Crystal Wilkinson was brought up in the culinary traditions of Black Appalachia. Crystal will read an excerpt from her essay “Praise Song for the Kitchen Ghosts” and discuss the memories and legacies of eating at her grandmother’s table: including jam cake, biscuits, sweet black tea. This live conversation will also include a moderated Q&A with the audience.

Wednesday, May 20th, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)

Behind the Scenes of our Design Process (Past)

Join us for a special presentation and discussion about our print and digital design approach and process. Since launching the magazine we’ve closely collaborated with the award-winning Dutch design agency Studio Airport for the design of our online platform, featured stories, select original artwork, gallery installations, and our first annual print edition. We’ll be joined by Studio Airport’s founders and graphic designers Bram Broerse and Maurits Wouters. Together, we’ll go behind the scenes of our design process using the multimedia story “Papas Nativas” and our print edition as case studies. Our work with Studio Airport has garnered numerous awards, most recently including a Webby nomination and National Magazine Awards (Ellies) nomination for “Best Editorial/Digital Feature” for our six-part multimedia story “Language Keepers” and the gold medal award for “Best Print Magazine” at the European Design Awards.

Wednesday, May 27th, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)

Underland: A Deep Time Journey (Past)

For the month of May, we’ll be reading contributor Robert Macfarlane’s most recent book Underland: A Deep Time Journey, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award. Participants will meet online once a week to discuss a portion of the book with staff writer Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder. For the final session, Robert will join us in a live conversation and Q&A.

Please note that the final session will be a webinar and is open to those who do not participate in the weekly Book Club sessions. You can register for both the weekly sessions and the final webinar below.

Thursday, May 7th, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)
Thursday, May 14th, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)
Thursday, May 21st, 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)

Thursday, May 28th (Webinar), 12:00-1:00pm (PDT)