Spring 2016 Speakers and Events


Seniors & Faculty 2016
Faculty and graduating seniors at the 2016 Senior Reception 
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. 

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January 2016 

"Great Books, Bad Weather: 1816, the Year Without Summer"
Gillen D'Arcy Wood, Professor of English,
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology,
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Friday, January 22, 2016  4:00 pm Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C110
Illinois Wesleyan University

What happens when the world's climate reaches a sudden tipping point? The devastating three-year aftermath of the eruption of Mt. Tambora in Indonesia in 1815 is the nearest historical case-study we have for better understanding the social, environmental, and economic impacts of abrupt climate change, as is predicted by climate scientists for this century. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the "Year Without Summer," spawned by Tambora's fallout, which contributed to a devastating strain of cholera, while crop failure and famine crippled nations from China to Western Europe to New England, causing mass immigration of refugees and destabilization of civil society. Gillen D'Arcy Wood, Professor of English at the University of Illinois provides a gripping narrative of this 200 year old disaster, how it relates to the future, and how the past's extreme weather crisis made waves in the world of art and literature, such as in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Sponsored by the IWU Biology Department 

February 2016 

"Environmental Careers in the Non-Profit and Public Sector"
Jen Walling, Executive Director of Illinois Environmental Council (IEC)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
4:00 pm
State Farm Hall 103
Illinois Wesleyan University

Interested in policy and making a difference? Join Jen Walling for more information about environmental jobs, internships and interest group work. Jen lobbies on behalf of IEC’s nearly 70 member organizations. She has guided passage of legislation such as Illinois’ ban on microbeads in personal care products, funding legislation for IDNR, and numerous bills on recycling and composting, among many more. Jen is currently executive director of IEC, and obtained her law degree and master’s degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program.


"Chytridiomycosis and the Loss of Amphibian Biodiversity in the Tropical Andes" 
Dr. Alessandro Catenazzi, Department of Zoology, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Friday, February 12, 2016

4:00 pm 
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101
Illinois Wesleyan University

The fungal disease chytridiomycosis has been associated with amphibian population declines and species extinction worldwide. The tropical Andes hosts the highest number of amphibian species, many of which are endemic with geographic distributions restricted to specific valleys or narrow elevation ranges. In his lecture, Dr. Alessandro Catenazzi, Department of Zoology, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, illustrates how the diffusion of this disease in South America is suggestive of a panzootic occurring from the late '70s to the early 2000s, which has caused the loss of possibly hundreds of species of amphibians in the region. Sponsored by the IWU Biology Department 

March 2016

Environmental Studies Internship Information Panel
Thursday, March 3, 2016
7:00 pm
State Farm Hall (SFH) 103
Illinois Wesleyan University

Do you want to gain real-world experience? Are you wondering what types of internship options are available? On Thursday, March 3 at 7:00pm in SFH 103 come learn more about internships in the environmental field, how to find and apply for different options, and how to get class credit! Students will also share their first-hand experiences at various internships, giving more insight and helping you find a good fit! Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program.


Tom Ulrich, Nature Photographer
Presented by Sugar Grove Nature Center
Monday, March 28, 2016
7:00 pm
Center for Nature Sciences (CNS) C101
Illinois Wesleyan University

Tom Ulrich, a highly acclaimed nature photographer, is celebrating forty years as a full time nature photographer! This year's presentation, "Stock and What-Not," will take us on a photographic journey of the past 40 years, featuring photos of nature from around the world as well as Glacier National Park in Montana. His narration includes insight on photo technique and animal behavior and is always riddled with humor. This event is free with a university & college ID.  

April 2016

Lobby Days
Hosted by the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC)
April 7 and April 21, 2016 

On April 7, the Illinois Environmental Council is holding a smaller lobby day for people to engage in conversations with legislators on issues such as energy, conservation, and budget. 

On April 21, the IEC will hold an Earth Day of Action and Climate Rally at the Capitol Building in Springfield. This is an especially important year because of the clean energy and climate change issues currently being considered by state legislators. The IEC hopes to have hundreds of supporters out to lobby for clean energy!

For more information or to register for these events, click here


Click here for a sampling of Fall 2015 Events and Speakers