The 2022 MacKenzie

Lectureship Welcomes

Dr. Jenny Price

First Congregational Church of Boulder/UCC is honored to welcome Dr. Jenny Price as its speaker for the MacKenzie Lectureship Weekend, 25-27 February 2022. Please join us!

About the Speaker
Jenny Price is a public writer and artist, and a Research Fellow at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University-St. Louis. Author of Stop Saving the Planet!: An Environmentalist Manifesto and Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America, she is co-founder of the public art collective LA Urban Rangers and a co-creator of the Our Malibu Beaches mobile-phone app. She has been a resident artist at MOCA and the Orange County Museum of Art, and has held visiting professorships in American Studies, the arts, and environmental humanities at Princeton University. She is currently working on “St. Louis Division,” a hometown collection of projects about environmental justice.


Registration not required.


Thursday, March 31, 7:00 pm – Online and In-Person – Sanctuary
Repairing the Earth, Embracing Freedom Through Responsibility
Dr. Jenny Price will speak in dialogue with Dr. Patty Limerick about Jonathan Sacks’ book, “To Heal a Fractured World.”


Friday, April 1 from 11 am to 12:30 pm – Gallery/Macky Auditorium

Hopeless Optimism: The Surprising Force of Unconventional Communication in Reckoning with Climate Change, Demonstrated in Extremely Real Time. Right before your eyes, four women will “push the envelope” of the assumptions that have constrained efforts to persuade the public to pay attention to climate change and closely related environmental issues. By 12:30 p.m. on April Fools’ Day, the “envelope” of conventional thinking will have been “pushed” with such grace, humor, and good nature (pun totally intended)—that attendees and participants will be positioned to head back into the world with a dramatically (here, too, pun fully intended) expanded sense of possibility, liberated—if they so choose—to join the cause of Hopeless Optimism.

 The Practitioners of Envelope-Pushing

Jenny Price, author of Stop Saving the Planet! An Environmentalist Manifesto (whose visit to Boulder is made possible by First Congregational Church)

Beth Osnes, CU Professor of Theater and Dance

Michelle Ellsworth, CU Professor of Theater and Dance

Patty Limerick, Official Fool for the University of Colorado

Attendees of any age are welcome, but we confess to a particular hope for a good turn-out of CU Students, graduate and undergraduate, in Environmental Studies, History, Theater and Dance, and Geography.


Friday, April 1 at 5:30 pm – 225 Koelbel Business Building 

Old Habits Die Hard. Jenny Price will start the gathering off with a lively summary of her book, Stop Saving the Planet! An Environmentalist Manifesto, a book that could qualify as “tough love” in its critique of traditional practices and customs of asking Americans to pay attention to climate change. Co-moderated by Center of the American West Faculty Director Patty Limerick and her Student Veteran Protégé, Matthew Rivera (who served for thirteen years in the Marine Corps, with three deployments in Iraq and one in Afghanistan), the discussion will explore Jenny Price’s two most compelling questions:  “Why aren’t we making more progress on environmental crises?” and “Why do so many Americans distrust environmentalists?”

In moderating the discussion, I will be joined by my protégé and co-host, CU Student Matthew Rivera, USMC Veteran of the Global War on Terrorism (2003-2016: 3X—Operation Iraqi Freedom; 1X Operating Enduring Freedom), and currently U.S. Forest Service Intern in Indigenous Research and Mapping. Guided by his aspirations to deal with climate change, Matthew is pursuing a degree in Geography (Environment and Society).

Matthew and I ask you to take part in an hour or so of pondering and answering

Two Urgent Questions:

“Why Aren’t We Making More Progress on Environmental Crises?”

“Why Do So Many Americans Distrust Environmentalists?”


Saturday, April 2, 9:00 am – In-Person Only
Dr. Jenny Price will lead a workshop on Saturday morning: “Stop Saving the Planet!—or, Can We Finally Do Something About Climate Change?”


Sunday, April 3, 10:30 am in Worship – Online and In-Person – Sanctuary
Dr. Jenny Price will preach on Sunday morning: “What Can I Do?”