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Daytime Class: The Big Picture: Global Warming, the Anthropocene, and Ecological Civilization

Note: This course is part of an ongoing series of Daytime Enrichment Classes this spring. To see a full list of class offerings, click here.

The Big Picture: Global Warming, the Anthropocene, and Ecological Civilization

Four Session: THURSDAYS, MARCH 15, 22, 29 & APRIL 5. 10 AM-NOON.

Instructor: Herman F. Greene

As conservatives like to point out, the climate is always changing. Is the current global warming trend different? Can it be stopped or controlled? All of human civilization has taken place in the 10,000 year period of benign climate known as the Holocene. Civilizations tend to assume tomorrow will be like today, not vastly different. Yet, Earth’s history is one of wide climate fluctuations. Now Earth again enters into the picture as a primary agent. Some believe there are technological solutions to whatever may arise, others seek out small scale ecovillages. Ecology would seem to unify, but it is driving us crazy. The North Carolina geologian, Thomas Berry presented a set of ecozoic principles for the future. Ecozoic stands for Earth as a house (oikos) of life (zoion). An ecological civilization is one that is adaptive and responsive to changes in Earth, one whose citizens include animals, plants, life systems, and widely diverse humans. The well-being of the human community depends on realizing it, but the challenges are immense.  Join us for this thought-provoking and engaging course!

Session One: Global Warming – A Billion Year History (March 15)

Session Two: The Meaning of the Anthropocene – Earth Awakens (March 22)

Session Three: Competing Responses to the Anthropocene – Thomas Berry’s Ecozoic Principles (March 29)

Session Four:  The Challenge and Promise of Ecological Civilization (April 5)

Dr. Herman F. Greene, has five graduate degrees — one in political science, three in theology and religion, and one in law. His began his career working for an ecumenical church agency in Chicago, followed by a 38-year career in business law in New York City, Denver and Chapel Hill. He is the Founder and President of the Center for Ecozoic Studies in Chapel Hill and has lectured internationally on ecology and culture.

Fee: $20. UNC Retired Faculty Association Members: $5.

There are four ways to register:

  1. Online: Register online
  2. Mail: Print out the registration form and mail it to
    What’s the Big Idea? Spring 2018
    Campus Box 1020, The Friday Center
    UNC-Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill NC 27599-1020
  3. Fax: Print out the registration form and fax it to 919-962-5549.
  4. Phone: Call 919-962-2643.

For questions, contact:

Jill Conrad (, Registration Manager
Professional Development and Enrichment Programs
The Friday Center

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