Human Rights and Environmental Justice Workshop Thursday, September 13, 2018 4:30-7:00 p.m. Hansen Student Center
Workshop on human rights and environmental justice with breakout sessions on various
issues. Dinner included. More information to come! Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights.
Annual Environmental Studies Picnic Sunday, September 16, 2018 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sugar Grove Nature Center
The Environmental Studies Program will host its annual picnic at the Sugar Grove Nature Center. This is a great time to gather outdoors, meet new people, and enjoy some down time
with your ES faculty and fellow students. Basic staples of burgers (locally sourced)
and veggie burgers, as well as drinks will be provided. Faculty and students are encouraged
to bring a potluck item to share. In years past, this has been an opportunity for
a great feast. So come and join in on the fun! Transportation will be provided from
campus, if RSVP in advance (departing 4p, returning 7p). Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program.
"Coping with a Changing Climate" Speaker: Dr. Jeff Walk, Director of Conservation for the Illinois Chapter of The Nature
Conservancy Monday, September 17, 2018 7 p.m. Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101 Illinois Wesleyan University
Dr. Walk is the lead author of a report that assessed the vulnerability to climate
change of “Species in Greatest Need of Conservation” designated in the Illinois’ Wildlife
Action Plan. He will discuss The Nature Conservancy's “Conserving Nature’s Stage”
initiative, which focuses conservation efforts on the physical factors (e.g., landform,
bedrock, soil, and topography) that actually create biodiversity, giving species and
natural communities the best chance to rearrange themselves as the climate changes.
In addition, Dr. Walk will discuss a wind energy siting tool that will be used in
Illinois and 18 other states this fall. This event is free and open to all at IWU
and the public. Co-sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program, the IWU Biology Department and
the JWP Audubon Society
Wild and Scenic Film Festival Wednesday, September 19, 2018 7-9:30 p.m. Normal Theater, Normal, IL Tickets $10 (available in advance here, or at the door)
The Normal Theater and Prairie Rivers Network are excited to bring one of the largest
environmental film festivals to Illinois. Now in its second year, the Wild & Scenic
Film Festival focuses on 11 short films which speak to the environmental concerns
and celebrations of our planet. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased in advance or
at the door. All proceeds will go towards benefiting the Prairie Rivers Network. Your donation fights water pollution, protects our rivers and stream, and restores
wildlife habitat throughout Illinois. More information on the film festival is available at prairierivers.org
"Encountering Climate Change on the Ground: What IWU Students Learned in Vietnam and
South Africa This Summer"
Thursday, September 27, 2018
4-5 p.m. State Farm Hall 206 Illinois Wesleyan University
What happens when a global city runs out of water? What happens when sea level rise
and drought lead to significant crop losses in a country’s primary agricultural base?
And what happens when rapid urbanization and climate change converge to overwhelm
a city’s infrastructure? In May 2018, two IWU May Term classes confronted these and
related questions when they came face to face with climate change on the ground in
two developing countries: Vietnam and South Africa. The classes were: ENST 375: Vietnam
Today: Addressing the Challenges of Sustainable Development; (led by Professors Abigail
Jahiel and Aaron Wilson); and PSCI 217: South Africa: Spaces of Citizenship (led by
Professors William Munro and Ilaria Ossella-Durbal). Join students from these classes
for a joint presentation/discussion on their experiences and what they learned. This
event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program and the IWU Political Science
"What We Did Last Summer": Presentation by the IWU Freeman Asia Interns Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 4-5:30 pm. Joslin Atrium, Memorial Cente
This is a public presentation by the 2018 IWU Freeman Asia Interns. Interns will
give poster presentations about their experiences while participating in the Freeman
Asia Internship program. Refreshments will be available during the poster session.
This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.
"GENERATION ZAPPED" Film Documentary (See website link about film here) Monday, October 22nd, 2018 7-8:30 p.m. Ames Beckman Auditorium
GENERATION ZAPPED is a documentary that investigates the potential dangers of prolonged
exposure to Radio Frequencies from wireless technology, its effects on our health
and well-being, as well as the health and development of our children. Today we encounter
a hundred thousand times the level of radiation from wireless technologies than we
did decades ago, yet the safety standards set by federal regulatory agencies are outdated.
New wireless devices such as smart phones, tablets and baby monitors to the latest
“Internet of Things” continue to enter the market without any proper pre-market testing
or post-market monitoring. Too little is done to ensure public safety and awareness. So
how can we uncover the facts and reduce our exposure to limit the associated health
risks during this technological revolution? GENERATION ZAPPED attempts to do just
that. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program and presented by students from
ENST 240 Health and the Environment.
"Climate and Society: our past, present, and future" Speaker: Dr. Amir Jina, Assistant Professor, Harris School of Public Policy Studies,
University of Chicago Thursday, October 25, 2018 7 p.m. Hansen Student Center Illinois Wesleyan University
The climate affects our society and economy every day. Many assume, however, that
it is only the most exposed and vulnerable countries who will experience the negative
effects as the climate changes into the future. In this talk Dr. Jina will explore
how none of our economies will be immune to climate change. We will see how climate
affects the poorest societies that are often directly dependent on agriculture. But,
climate affects even the wealthiest societies, through heat waves, cold snaps, or
natural disasters, sometimes with staggeringly high costs. Recent research has been
identifying some effects that are not obvious to observe. In fact, the climate in
the past may have shaped the very level of well-being that we experience today in
many parts of the world. What does all of this mean for the future? Who will bear
the largest costs, and how can society act to reduce them? In the final part of the
talk Dr. Jina will discuss some of the solutions, through mitigation and adaptation
at many different scales, and the pathways through which they might be achieved. Dr.
Amir Jina is an environmental and developmental economist. He received his Ph.D. in
Sustainable Development and M.A. in Climate and Society both from Columbia University,
B.A.s in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from Trinity College, Dublin, and previously
worked with the Red Cross/Red Crescent in South Asia.This event is free and open to all at IWU and the public. Organized by the IWU Department of Economics with sponsorship from the IWU Office
of the President.
"The United States' Role in Containing Climate Change" Speaker: Dr. Rick Duke WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR SPRING 2019 - LOOK FOR MORE INFORMATION TO COME!
During the second term of the Obama administration, Dr. Duke worked at the White House
as Special Assistant to the President, Office of Energy and Climate Change (2012-2016),
and as the Deputy Director for Energy and Climate (2016 - 2017), where he helped to
craft and implement the Climate Action Plan. His domestic priorities spanned the
EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the 2015 budget deal to achieve long-term extensions to renewable
energy tax credits, the Department of Energy’s appliance standards program, regulations
on non-CO2 gases, and measures to bolster terrestrial carbon sinks and cut agricultural emissions.
Dr. Duke also worked to support negotiations on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University, and in his current position at Gigaton
Strategies LLC (Washington, D.C.), he advises philanthropies and international advocacy
groups on low-carbon strategies. This event is free and open to all at IWU and the
public. Co-sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program, the IWU Biology Department and
the JWP Audubon Society.
"Force of Nature: George Fell, Founder of the Natural Areas Movement" Speaker: Arthur Pearson, Director of Chicago Program for the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley
Foundation Monday, November 5, 2018 7 p.m. Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101 Illinois Wesleyan University
Mr. Pearson is the Director of Chicago Program for the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley
Foundation, where he guides the Foundation’s support for land conservation and the
arts. His talk will be on his recently published book "“Force of Nature: George Fell, Founder of the Natural Areas Movement." The following information about his book was taken from the University of Wisconsin
Press web site. “Efforts to preserve wild places in the United States began with the allure of scenic
grandeur: Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon. But what about the many significant
natural sites too small or fragile to qualify as state or federal parks? George Fell
was determined to save these places, too—prairie remnants, upland forests, sedge meadows,
ocean beaches, desert canyons, caves and gorges, and the full spectrum of other habitats
essential to biological diversity. Force of Nature reveals how a failed civil servant,
with few assets apart from his tenacity and vision, initiated the natural areas movement.
In the boom years following World War II, as undeveloped lands were being mined, drained,
or bulldozed, Fell transformed a loose band of ecologists into The Nature Conservancy,
drove the passage of the influential Illinois Nature Preserves Act, and helped spark
allied local and national conservation organizations in the United States and beyond.” This event is free and open to all at IWU and the public. Co-sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program, the IWU Biology Department and
the JWP Audubon Society.
IWU Freeman Asia Internship Information Sessions Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 and January 16th, 2019 4:00-5:00 pm. Myers Welcome Center Auditorium Illinois Wesleyan University
Join us at these information sessions and learn all about the IWU Freeman Asia Internship
Program.Thanks to the generous support of the Freeman Foundation, IWU will be able
to support students to do internships in Asia for two months. This opportunity is
available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are currently sophomores and
juniors and who will return to the IWU campus for at least a semester following the
internship. More information about the information sessions and the Freeman Asia Internship
Program is available on the Hart Career Center website. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the IWU Study Abroad Office.
Climate Change and Water Quality in Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City Speaker: Dr. Thị Vân Hà Nguyễn from Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Resources
& the Environment (HCMUNRE) Tuesday, December 4, 2018 4-5pm: Talk inState Farm Hall 102 5-6pm: Reception in State Farm Hall 108 Illinois Wesleyan University
Dr. Thị Vân Hà Nguyễn will talk about the impacts and challenges of climate change
to water quality in Vietnam and Ho Chi Min City (Saigon), specifically. She is an
associate professor and dean of the Department of the Environment at Ho Chi Minh University
of Natural Resources and Environment. In 2009, she was awarded her doctorate in Urban
Engineering from the University of Tokyo. She earned a Masters in Development Studies
from the Graduate Institute of Switzerland in 2004, as well as a Masters in Environmental
Risk Assessment from Chiang Mai University, Thailand in 1996. Her research focuses
on water quality and water resource management, industrial pollution control, and
sustainable development. This event is free and open to all at IWU and the public.
Co-sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program and the IWU Asian Studies Team
of the International Studies Program.
Changing Climates Course Cluster Open House Wednesday, December 5, 2018 11am-1pm Ames Library Illinois Wesleyan University
A variety of student work will be showcased at the Course Cluster Open House from
many different IWU courses, including several environmental studies courses. For
the ES Vietnam Senior Seminar Poster Presentations, the eight students in ENST 480.2
will present posters on their work this semester to address their collaborative research
project question: "How can Ho Chi Minh City improve its transportation system to
reduce its environmental impacts and improve quality of life for urban residents and
commuters? Free and open to the public.
Environmental Studies Signature Project Presentations Thursday, December 6th, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm State Farm Hall (SFH) 102 Illinois Wesleyan University
A two part presentation, in which the eight IWU students enrolled in ENST 480 Senior
Seminar and eight Vietnamese students will Ho Chi Mihn City University of Natural
Resources and Environment (HCMUNRE) will formally present the findings of their work
this semester, assessing the environmental and quality-of-life impacts of the Ho Chi
Minh City transportation system on this city of 10 million, and then reflect on their
experiences working together and seeing first hand sustainability issues and approaches
in each others' countries. This event is free and open to all at IWU and the public.
Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program