Guilford to Host Tribute to Thomas Berry, Film Screening Nov. 11
Guilford will host a tribute to the late Thomas Berry, a Greensboro native, cosmologist and Earth scholar, Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Auditorium of the Frank Family Science Center on campus.
The program, which is free and open to the public, will include a discussion of Berry’s life and commitments as well as the Greensboro premiere screening of the 50-minute film “Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth and Human Transformation.” In addition, the Thomas Berry Award will be presented.
Berry was a Catholic priest of the Passionist Order who wasinternationally known as an advocate of deep ecology and “ecospirituality.” He was born in Greensboro in 1914 and died in the city in June 2009 at the age of 94.
The science-based film tells the story of the development of the universe, from the “Big Bang” through the formation of the galaxies, stars and planetary systems to the emergence of life and Homo Sapiens. It creates a powerful link in the viewer’s mind between themselves and their cosmic origins.
A discussion about Berry will include Dr. Ken Caneva, Peggy Whalen-Levitt, Carolyn Toben, Herman Greene, Nelson Stover, Dr. Val Vickers, Tim Toben, Dr. David Schenck, Steve Sumerford, Dr. Bill Peck, Ann Berry Somers and others.
Sponsors of the event are Guilford College, Greensboro Public Library, Piedmont Land Conservancy, Environmental Stewardship Greensboro, Center for Education,Imagination and the Natural World, and various family members and friends of Thomas Berry.
For more information, call 336-316-2852.