Robert Jensen

Keynote Speaker

Robert Jensen

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Robert Jensen is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Jensen writes for popular media, both alternative and mainstream. His opinion and analytic pieces on such subjects as foreign policy, politics, economics, and ecology have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and web sites all over the world. He contributes to local organizing in Austin, TX, through his work with the Third Coast Activist Resource Center, which offers educational resources and organizes community events about U.S. policy around the world; and 5604 Manor, a progressive community center that brings people together to make positive social change.

His most recent books are Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialogue (City Lights, 2013); We Are All Apocalyptic Now: On the Responsibilities of Teaching, Preaching, Reporting, Writing, and Speaking Out (CreateSpace, 2013) and Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully (Counterpoint/Soft Skull, forthcoming fall 2015). In his 2009 book All My Bones ShakeSeeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice, he states that at the root of the current political, economic, cultural, and ecological chaos is a national spiritual unrest, a fragmentation that has inhibited society’s self-awareness and slowed theological progress to a glacial crawl. Jensen suggests a new communion: a way to use theology to create a sustainable society and meet the uncertainty of our lives with confidence.  As we explore the faith foundations of the relationships between Our Children, the Climate, and our Faith, Jensen’s own explorations of faith and his insights into how we communicate can help us bridge the gaps among us and enable us to work more effectively for change.

A video recording of Jensen’s keynote talk is here, and his workshop is here.

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