CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Spring Creek Café, a new series of engaged philosophy conversations, will debut at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 with a discussion on, "Do We Have Any Obligations to the Future?"

The free public event will be held in the main meeting room of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave, Corvallis.

Modeled on the Socrates Cafe, the Spring Creek Café will feature philosophers Michael Nelson and Kathleen Dean Moore, Portland writer Brian Doyle, and singer/songwriter Libby Roderick.

Nelson and Moore have just completed a book, "Moral Ground: Why It's Wrong to Wreck the World," which presents arguments from 100 of the world's moral leaders about obligations to the future in a time of climate change.

Doyle, one of the contributors to "Moral Ground," will join them for the event. The Corvallis discussion will be filmed as a pilot for a nationwide series of town hall meetings about the ethical urgency of climate change.

Moore is a philosophy professor at Oregon State University, where she directs the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word. Her award-winning books about our cultural and spiritual relation to the natural world include "Riverwalking," "The Pine Island Paradox," and the forthcoming "Wild Comfort."

Nelson is professor of environmental ethics and fisheries and wildlife at Michigan State University and is co-editor of The Great New Wilderness Debate. He also is resident philosopher of the Isle Royale wolf/moose project - the longest continuous study of a predator-prey relationship in the world.

Alaskan-native Roderick is an acclaimed folk singer and political activist whose song, "How Could Anyone," has been translated into several languages and recorded by many artists. It was sung by Hillary Clinton and thousands of others at the U.N. Conference in Beijing.

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Charles Goodrich, 541-737-6198