Environmental Studies

Spring 2020 Speakers and Events

See additional events for the campus 2019-20 Theme "Fact or Fiction" here!

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. Martínez -Quiñones speak about climate change in Puerto Rico.


January 2020

Welcome (back) to campus!

February 2020

"Seasons of Change on Henry’s Farm" - a film by Ines Sommer -
Film "sneak preview" and Q&A
with farmer Henry Brockman and film co-producer Terra Brockman
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
7-9 pm
Beckman Auditorium in Ames Library (lower level - map)
Illinois Wesleyan Library
Free and open to the public

Illinois Wesleyan University will be showing a sneak preview of the new documentary “Seasons of Change on Henry’s Farm” directed by Ines Sommer. This film features local organic farmers Henry and Hiroko Brockman who have been farming in the Mackinaw watershed for 25 years. However due to unpredictable changes brought on by climate change, Henry must grapple with the future of farming on personal, generational, and global levels. Find out more about the film at  Seasons of Change On Henry's Farm . See the IWU news release here. Following the film showing, there will be a Q&A with Henry Brockman and film co-producer Terra Brockman. This event is part of the IWU Fact or Fiction annual theme event series. It is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program, GREENetwork, Peace Garden RSO, and Student Sierra Coalition RSO at Illinois Wesleyan University; and the Ecology Action Center.

The Dynamics of Environmental Policy-Making in China
Speaker: Xueying Yu, Ph.D., Fulbright Visiting Scholar from the People's Republic of China
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
4 pm
Beckman Auditorium in Ames Library (lower level),
Illinois Wesleyan University 

Dr. Xueying Yu is an associate professor in the School of Economics and Management, Beihang University. Her research efforts are dedicated to finding the optimal institutional designs that help promote pro-envirionmental behaviors. She is currently a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Cornell Institute for China Economic Research at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. China is a major contriutor to global economic growth, but also to global environmental challenges. This talk introduces how China has developed and utilized regulatory tools to combat environmental hazards over the past three decades. It will cover some basic elements in this policy-making process, including the structure of China's political system, the state, business, and civil actors involved in environmental policy-making and implementation, and the key regulation approaches. Discussion of individual policies will focus on those targeting air pollution, forest degradation and climate change. This presentation is conducted through the Fulbright Scholar Program’s Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF). Hosted by the Illinois Wesleyan University Environmental Studies Program, Asian Studies Team-International Studies Program, and Department of Economics, with support from the Office of the Provost, and in collaboration with Illinois State University.

March 2020

April 2020

Environmental Communications Alumni Panel
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Location TBA

This panel features three IWU alum speakers  - Katie Coleman, Leslie Morrison, and Amanda Solliday  - who are currently working within the field of environmental communications. Leslie Morrison ('08) currently works as an the outreach facilitator at the Union of Concerned Scientists where she works with staff across all issue areas   to increase the impact of UCS issue campaigns. Amanda Solliday ('06) is currently the director of communications for the Office of Global Affairs at Duke University, after recieving Masters in Crop and Soil Sciences, with a focus on International Agriculture and Rural Development and later a Masters in Journalism (More info to come). Part of the Fact or Fiction annual theme event series. Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program.

Click here for a sampling of Fall 2019 Events and Speakers