Stony Brook Southampton will continue its Sustainability Speaker Series on Tuesday, April 28, with a talk and drumming session led by professor, shaman and environmental activist Peter Maniscalco in the Duke Lecture Hall at 7 p.m.

Mr. Maniscalco’s topic will be “Environmental Studies, Science, and Spirituality,” and he will address the separation of human nature and Mother Nature and the effect on climate change. The presentation will also include a “shamanic drumming” experience outside the hall, weather permitting. The event is free and open to the public.

Mr. Maniscalco is among the many people working to achieve environmental sustainability who believe that the various environmental issues we face today are symptoms of a far deeper, spiritual issue. He has studied and experienced shamanic ceremonies in the U.S., Mexico, and in the Amazon jungle, where he gained insight on how to become a responsible member of the Earth community.

Based on his years of experiential learning with shamans, Mr. Maniscalco created a course that he taught for seven years at Southampton College, “Spirituality of the Environment.” He taught other environmental classes and also served as the college’s first Environmental Coordinator. The Manorville resident is a Rutgers University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in economics and city planning; he is currently a master’s degree candidate.

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