“Backyard,” a multimedia exhibition and reception coordinated by Professor Pradip Malde, will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, in the lobby of Spencer Hall. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Religion and the Environment, the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, the School of Theology, and the Collaborative for Southern Appalachian Studies.

The exhibition is part of a weekend-long workshop entitled “Finding Common Ground: Ecological Pluralism on the Domain,” and will express aspects of our relationship with the Domain. It is free and open to the public.

“Finding Common Ground: Ecological Pluralism on the Domain” will bring together University educators, administrators, students and University friends with an invited speaker with expertise in ecology and philosophy. Its objectives are threefold: First, participants will gain and articulate a clearer understanding of the ways long-term conservation opportunities and outcomes are shaped by a diversity of values, using the Domain as a paradigmatic example. Second, they will propose a participatory approach to conservation and management that seeks to balance this plurality of values with an overarching commitment to responsibility and justice. Third, the group will suggest specific strategies for the University to enact this participatory approach in its management of the Domain.