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2015 ISE Summer Gathering

Please join us next August in Marshfield, Vermont for the Institute for Social Ecology’s annual Summer Gathering. In 2015 we focused on racism and anti-hierarchy; next: climate movements and left debates around economic growth.

Coming in August: ISE’s 40th Birthday!

August 15-17th in Plainfield and Marshfield, VT. Tentative schedule and registration information now available.

2013 Colloquium: “Social Ecology in an Era of Crisis: Renewal and Reassessment”

August 23-25, 2013
Marshfield, Vermont
In the coming year the Institute for Social Ecology will celebrate 40 years as a unique educational haven for critical thought and political action directed towards creating a free and ecological society. We invite friends, colleagues, alumni, and fellow travelers to gather this August to critically reflect on the continued relevance of Social Ecology today, while also renewing old friendships [...]

POSTPONED: San Francisco Intensive (New dates T.B.A.)

New Directions in Social Ecology:
From Climate Action to Housing Justice
An Intensive Seminar for All Levels
Each year, the Institute for Social Ecology hosts intensive seminars for students, activists, and community leaders to come together to explore sets of dynamic and urgent social and ecological issues. This year, the Institute for Social Ecology is thrilled to offer, for the first time, a seminar right in the heart of San Francisco.
We will be partnering [...]

2013: 8 Day Winter Intensive in Northampton, MA

Thank you for your interest in the Institute for Social Ecology’s (ISE) 2013 Winter Intensive. The Institute strives to be an agent of social transformation; demonstrating the skills, ideas and relationships that can nurture vibrant, self-governed, and healthy communities.
The 2013 ISE Winter Intensive will take place from January 7 through January 14.
What is Social Ecology?
Social Ecology is an interdisciplinary philosophical perspective that weaves aspects of ecology, anthropology, and political [...]

Beverly Naidus installation at Seattle’s “Bread and Roses Exhibition”

“AND NOW BEHIND CURTAIN #2” is an interactive installation in the form of a large colorful fabric spiral with apertures, images and messages that viewers walk around and through. Created by artist/author/teacher/activist and social ecologist Beverly Naidus, the installation  premiered at the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in Duisberg, Germany in 2005. This viewing will be a North American debut for the piece. Beverly’s work examines the tensions, fears and illusions promoted by [...]

2012: 5 Day Intensive on Direct Democracy and Strategic Movement Building: March 11-15 (NYC)


Social Ecology: From Theory to Practice
Dan Chodorkoff — Sunday and Monday 11:00 – 1:00
This afternoon workshop will begin with an overview of key philosophical, political, and strategic issues that surface in the theory and practice of social ecology. Social ecology advocates a reconstructive and transformative outlook on social and environmental issues, and promotes a directly democratic, [...]

Directly Democratic Social Change — The 2012 ISE Intensive

The Current Intensive is now full.
Due to the overwhelming interest,
we will host more programs in the coming months.  
Feel free to email: with any inquiries.

Drawing immense inspiration from the Occupy Movement, this year’s ISE Intensive will focus on providing tools to deepen our analysis, historical knowledge, and strategic visions for directly democratic social change.  The 8-day intensive will offer seminars on:

Social Ecology: From Theory to Practice [...]

ISE Intensive August 9-17, 2011

August 9th – 17th in The Hudson Valley of New York
The Institute for Social Ecology presents an 8-day intensive introduction to the philosophy and politics of Social Ecology. This 8-day intensive will offer students an introduction to the dialectical philosophy and politics of Social Ecology. Using the lens of Social Ecology, students will also participate in topical seminars and lectures focused on climate justice, alternatives to capitalism, naturalist philosophy, gender politics, radical historical movements, food justice, media justice [...]

ISE Colloquium, August 19-21, 2011


“Social Ecology and the Future of Resistance”

Fifth Annual Summer Colloquium – Institute for Social Ecology

Marshfield, VT USA

August 19-21

Application/Registration Deadline: June 1, 2011 (please see below)
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NOTE: While proposing a paper is certainly welcomed it is not a requirement for attendance. We recognize the many ways in which attendees can contribute to the Colloquium experience.

The Institute for Social Ecology invites abstracts for papers and presentations for our fifth [...]

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