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Bucknell Professor to Give Native American Presentation at Moravian College

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) - Professor John Grim of Bucknell University’s Religious Studies Department will give a presentation entitled The Crow Sun Dance: Ecology and Cosmology at Moravian College on Sunday, March 30, 2003 at 7 p.m. This free event will take place in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex, room 110. It is open to both the public and Moravian College community.

Professor Grim has studied the life and ways of the Apsaalooke (Crow), a Native American people in Montana, for almost 25 years. He will give a multi-media presentation on one of their major religious ceremonies and reflect on the ecological and cosmological symbolism within. Professor Grim has also worked with the Swy-ahl-puh (Salish) people of the Columbia River Plateau in eastern Washington.

Professor Grim was raised in the Missouri drift prairies of North Dakota but went to the Bronx to study with Thomas Berry at Fordham University. He completed his doctoral dissertation on Anishinaabe/Ojibway healing practitioners. It was published in 1983 as The Shaman: Patterns of Religious Healing Among the Ojibway Indians.

In addition to this book, Professor Grim has also co-edited the book, Worldviews and Ecology, with his wife and fellow professor of Religion at Bucknell, Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker. This book discusses perspectives of world religions and contemporary philosophy on environmental crisis. Professor Grim and Dr. Tucker are also the coordinators of the Forum on Religion and Ecology, which is an expansion of a conference they organized at Harvard.

Professor Grim is the president of the American Teilhard Association, an organization that explores issues in religion and science based on the thoughts of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and the late 20th century reworking of his thoughts by Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme.

For more information on this presentation, please contact Professor Don St. John of the Religion Department at 610-861-1585 or medps01@moravian.edu.