Fall 2015 Speakers and Events

Kirsten Slaughter ('16) and Savannah Feher ('17) stand in a field of citronella they helped plant. 
planting rice
Environmental Studies students helping plant rice in Bulacan, Philippines. 

Also see GREENetwork for more environment-related events.                                        

September 2015


"How the Bison Came Back: staff, volunteer stewards and scientists restore natural communities at Nachusa Grasslands"
Thursday, September 10, 2015 7:00 pm Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101

In 1986 The Nature Conservancy acquired 400 acres of small prairie remnants scattered among cornfields in Northern Illinois. Today Nachusa Grassland comprises some 3,100 acres of restored and reconstructed prairie, and it is home to 700 native plant species, 180 species of birds -- and now wild bison. Bison were reintroduced in October 2014 to maintain the biodiversity of the prairie by their natural grazing behavior. The first bison calves were born in April of this year! Bill Kleiman, the Nachusa Grasslands Project Director with The Nature Conservancy, will discuss the ongoing restoration efforts at Nachusa that have been recognized as among the best in the country.  Sponsored by IWU Environmental Studies program and the JWP Audubon 


Annual Environmental Studies Picnic
Sunday, September 20, 2015
4:30-6:30 pm
Sugar Grove Nature Center 

Join the fun at the Environmental Studies Program's annual picnic at Sugar Grove Nature Center! This is a perfect way to get outdoors, spend time with faculty and fellow students, meet new people, and eat good food. The ES program will provide basic staples including burgers, veggies burgers, and drinks. Students and faculty are encouraged to bring a potluck dish to share. 


IWU London Program Information Session
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
4:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium, Ames Library  

London is the epitome of a "world-city," offering world class museums, theaters and art galleries. Professor Given Harper, George C. and Ella Beach Lewis Endowed Chair of Biology and Director of Environmental Studies Program, will lead the Fall 2016 IWU London Program. Dr. Harper will teach a course on "Global Climate Change: Causes, Impacts and Solutions." The city of London will be used as the classroom to see first-hand the strategies London has employed to reduce the impacts of climate change. Students will take a trip to the Scottish Highlands for a week to learn about the impact of climate change on Scottish wildlife and ecosystems. Attend this information session to learn more about this great opportunity. See attached flyer for more information on the 2016 London Program.    


October 2015 


"Fishing for Success: Restoring Illinois' Ospreys"
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
7:00 pm 
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101

Join Patrick McDonald, a biologist with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) as he discusses restoration efforts of Illinois' Ospreys.The osprey, a large raptorial bird well known for its ability to capture live fish, is a state-endangered species in Illinois. The IDNR is in the third year of an eight-year project to re-establish the osprey as a nesting species in the state by bringing in and releasing young ospreys from other states. Patrick will discuss the natural history of ospreys, their current status in Illinois, previous recovery attempts, and the current efforts to establish a self-sustaining breeding population in Illinois. Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program and JWP Audubon. 


Film Screening: Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101

Award winning documentary, Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey tells the story of 700 people trekking across the Himalayas to save the planet's "3rd Pole," a glacial region devastated by the climate chaos resulting from global warming. Enduring injury, illness, starvation, and the most treacherous terrain on the planet, the trekkers spread their message of ecological compassion, triggering a historic green revolution across the rooftop of the world. A discussion with Director Wendy Lee will follow. Visit http://www.padyatrafilm.com/ for more information on this film. 


"Environmental Awareness in Asia"
Friday, October 30, 2015
State Farm Hall (SFH) 103

Join participants of the IWU Freeman Asia Internship Program as they share their experiences abroad, what they learned, and how this opportunity helped to further their knowledge of global environmental issues. Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies program and the IWU International Studies – Asian Studies Team


November 2015


Bard College Graduate Programs in Environmental Studies
Wednesday, November 2, 2015
State Farm Hall (SFH) 102

Considering graduate school? Learn about Bard College's "MBA in Sustainability" and their "Master's in Environmental Science" from Dr. Eban Goodstein, who is Director of Bard's Center for Environmental Policy and Director of their MBA in Sustainability. Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program, IWU Department of Business Administration, IWU Department of Economics, IWU Hart Career Center


"New Rules for Climate Protection: Student and Citizen Action to Change the Future"
Dr. Eban Goodstein
Monday, November 2, 2015

7:00 pm 
State Farm Hall (SFH) 202 (note room change)

Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of Bard's College's Center for Environmental Policy, Director of Bard's MBA in Sustainability, as well as the initiator of the Power Dialog. The Power Dialog is an effort to support 10,000 students in all 50 states to engage in dialog with state regulators in charge of implementation planning for the Clean Power Plan in April 2016. It is an effective and fun way for students to be involved in a serious and critical policy conversation! In his talk, Dr. Goodstein will discuss the upcoming climate conferences in Paris, the U.S. Clean Power Plan, and the Power Dialog. Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program 


"Life After Graduation: An Alumni's Adventures in Central America"
Monday, November 23, 2015
4:00 pm
State Farm Hall (SFH) 206

Alumni Joe Daniels has returned after spending 27 months as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua. Join Joe as he shares his experiences and advice for after-graduation life! Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program 



Click here for a sampling of Spring 2015 Events and Speakers