Dr. Michael Charles Tobias, Martha Daniel Newell Scholar in Residence Spring Semester 2016
Distinguished scholar, Dr. Michael Charles Tobias, earned his Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness at the University of California-Santa Cruz, specializing in global ecological ethics and the interdisciplinary humanities. He is an ethologist/anthrozoologist and historian of ideas, focusing upon humanity’s relationship to the natural world, in both historic and contemporary cultures. His wide-ranging work embraces art, comparative literature and spirituality, the history of ideas, philosophy, bio-ethics and natural history in the context of a multitude of possible future scientific, geo-political, economic and social scientific scenarios. He is the author of over 50 books and has written, directed and/or produced over 100 films. His works have been read, translated and broadcast throughout the world. He has conducted field research in over 80 countries. Tobias has been on the faculties of such colleges and universities as Dartmouth, the University of California-Santa Barbara, and the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque. For 16 years Dr. Tobias has been President of an international ecological NGO, Dancing Star Foundation focused on global biodiversity conservation, animal protection and environmental education. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Courage of Conscience Prize. Tobias is an Honorary Member of the Club of Budapest. Dr. Tobias’ most recent book came out for Earth Day 2014 from the University of Chicago Press (with Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich), Hope on Earth: A Conversation and his next book co-authored with his wife, Jane Gray Morrison, Why Life Matters: Fifty Ecosystems of the Heart and Mind will be published in the autumn of 2014 by Springer/Switzerland.
In accepting the residency, Dr. Tobias noted, “I am extremely honored to have been selected for this wonderful residency, and look forward to collaborating with the students, faculty and community on a wide range of humble projects, discussions, pro-seminars, events, endeavors and important initiatives.”