Spring 2021 Speakers and Events

See additional events for the campus 2020-21 Theme "Health, Healing, and Humanity" here! Check back regularly for more events to come....

Dr. Naomi Oreskes speaks at the Illinois Wesleyan Founders Day Convocation
Dr. Nguyen and colleagues meet with IWU President Jensen, Provost Brodl, and Professor Jahiel after giving a talk on climate change and water quality in Ho Chi Minh City.
Vandana Shiva
Dr. Vandana Shiva, an environmental activist and food sovereignty advocate, gives a speech about the future of food 
puerto rico
Dr. Flores-Rodriguez & Ms. Martnez -Quiones speak about climate change in Puerto Rico.

January 2021

Welcome back to campus - whether virtual or in-person!

PossePlus Retreat: The State of Leadership: Community, Conflict, and Change
Saturday, January 30, 2021
2-4:30 p.m.
Virtual Event
Registration Required HERE

Through Posse’s first-ever Virtual PossePlus Retreat, you'll have a unique opportunity to talk about what leadership means in the now; in this powerful, world-altering moment. How can your community come together to help lead the world forward? Where are the opportunities for you to lead as an individual? How can we continue to build community while we are physically distanced? And how might the upcoming election shift the social and political dynamics for change within our country?

These and other questions will be considered at this year’s virtual retreat: The State of Leadership: Community, Conflict, and Change. To spark the conversation, we’ll be showing a dynamic video on some of the most compelling issues facing our world today. Together, we will connect through a half-day of dialogue to consider the roles all of us can play in driving the change we so desperately need.


February 2021


March 2021

Paint and Plant with SSC and Peace Garden
Friday, March 26th, 2021
4-5:30 p.m.
Young Main Lounge

At this event, you will be able to decorate a pot or upcycled container and use it to plant a starter seed for the Peace Garden! Once the seeds have sprouted in your artful containers, they will be transferred to the Garden to become a part of the summer crop. It's a great way to celebrate the season, enjoy the ES community, and make a positive impact on our campus environment.

Masks will be required at all times and attendance will be recorded. If you have questions, contact Leah Bieniak (lbieniak@iwu.edu) or Refugio Moreno (rmoreno@iwu.edu).


April 2021

Mohr Tree Planting
Friday 4/9, Saturday 4/10, Sunday 4/11
ParkLands Foundation Mohr Tract
Sign up to volunteer here!

The “Mohr Trees!” project is a partnership with the ParkLands Foundation, the McLean County Natural Resource Conservation Service, and Living Lands and Waters. The Ecology Action Center pledged to help ParkLands plant 4,200 small trees at the Mohr Tract near Lexington in April 2021.  With the help of Living Lands and Waters, the EAC now hopes to more than double that number to plant 10,000 trees in 2021. Help is needed with the planting of these trees at the ParkLands Foundation Mohr Tract on Friday April 9th, Saturday April 10th, and Sunday April 11th. If you are interested in helping, please sign up here.


Sit Down with Senate Featuring Mercy Davidson
Monday, April 12th, 2021
4-5 p.m.
Hansen Student Center or Via Zoom
RSVP Here!

Student Senate would like to invite you to our Sit Down with Senate event featuring Normal City Planner, Mercy Davison! Come to the Hansen Student Center or via zoom to learn about sustainable city initiatives in our own community. There will be a presentation, student Q/A, and reusable straws for those who RSVP in person!


Peace Garden Spring Honey Harvest
Saturday, April 17th, 2021
12-2 p.m.
IWU Peace Garden (corner of University & Evans)
Illinois Wesleyan University 

Join us on Saturday, April 17th from noon to 2pm in the IWU Peace Garden to extract some honey from our hives! Stop by if you enjoy the outdoors, good people, and good plants. As always, masks and social distancing are required. 

May 2021


Click here for a sampling of Fall 2020 Events and Speakers.