Loud speaks March 24

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Interdisciplinary artist Miranda Loud to speak at the University of Redlands Thursday, March 24

(March 17, 2011) Miranda Loud, an activist, filmmaker and musician who uses performing arts to spur thought about environmental issues, will be speaking at the University of Redlands on Thursday, March 24. Her presentation, "Saving Elephants - Saving Ourselves: The Power of the Arts to Affect Social Change," will be held at 7 p.m. in the Casa Loma Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Loud has been passionate about reconnecting audiences with nature since 2005 when she founded the not-for-profit organization Nature Stage, which combines multi-media with live performance as a way to reach audiences and motivate them to action.

Loud is currently working on a series of 20 short films and an accompanying curriculum that uses the Asian elephant as a gateway for examining and discussing larger issues around human nature, our relationship with other species, habitat challenges, and questions of philosophy and ethics.

With her project, “Elephantom: Twenty Short Films/Twenty Questions,” Loud looks at the decline of the Asian elephant and the stresses on the elephants, which she says are indicators of stresses on humans. Through the project, Loud seeks to share the power of human and elephant connections.

For more information on Loud and the project, visit

Loud’s visit is co-sponsored by the Philosophy and Environmental Studies departments, the Theatre Odyssey Program, the Stauffer Science Center, the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office at the University of Redlands.

The University has a long tradition of encouraging and supporting study abroad.

More than 47 percent of Redlands undergraduates participate in study abroad programs.

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