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Majors & Minors > Environmental Studies

Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference


Peter Schwartzman

Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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The prairie at the Green Oaks Biological Field Station.

For several years, Knox students and faculty attended Beaming Bioneers gatherings, which bring the National Bioneers Conference experience to locations across the country and around the world. Then, in 2011, we hosted our very first Bioneers satellite conference, one of 18 across the country!

Join us again this year for our fourth annual Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference, a positive forum that coincides with the national conference in California.

2014 Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference

Friday, November 7 - Sunday, November 9
Ford Center for the Fine Arts (Campus Map)
Interactive workshops, local food, renowned speakers, and more!  Schedule is below.

Friday, November 7

6:45 p.m.

Registration -- Round Room, Center for the Fine Arts (CFA)

7:00 p.m.

Opening Ceremony and Plenary Speakers* -- Round Room

Kenny Ausubel & Nina Simmons (opening thoughts)

"Millions of Acres: Young Agarians Needed" -- Severine T Fleming

"Beloved Community: Interbeing, Race, Class & Person 'Hood" -- John A. Powell

"Youth Leadership: Our Generation Was Born to Change the World" -- Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

9:00 p.m.

Movie & Discussion -- Round Room
(Movie TBA)

Saturday, November 8

8:45 a.m.

Registration -- Outside Kresge Recital Hall, CFA

9:00 a.m.

Admiring Nature Walk with Peter Schwartzman -- Meet at Kresge Hall

9:30 a.m.

Morning "Wake Up" Activities -- Aux Gym
Yoga With Laura Bush

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Plenary Speakers* -- Kresge Recital Hall

"A Love That is Wild: Why Wilderness Matters in the 21st Century" -- Terry Tempest Williams

"Transactions, Transformations, Translations: Movement-Building for Next America" -- Manuel Pastor

"The Rise of the Canadian Native Rights-Based to Protect Our Commons" -- Clayton Thomas-Muller

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Lunch -- Time to Explore local eateries; a list of options will be provided with directions

1:00-2:15 p.m.

Local Interactive Workshops -- CFA

"Creation of and Edible Landscape" --  John Curtis, Barefoot Gardens

"#@&! The Food System" -- diana Mackin, Leslie Carman, & Jessi Taylor

"10 things you had NO idea were unsustainable" -- Froggi VanRiper, Knox College

More Workshops TBA

2:15-2:30 p.m.


2:30-4:00 p.m.

Plenary Speakers* -- Kresge Recital Hall

"How Mushrooms Can Help Us Survive 'Extinction 6x'" -- Paul Stamets

"Message from the Amazon" -- Patricia Gualinga

"This Changes Everything: Capitalism v. the Climate" -- Naomi Klein

4:00-4:15 p.m.


4:15-5:45 p.m.

Local Interactive Workshops -- CFA

"Cover Crop Issues" -- Woody Woodruff, Illinois Stewardship Alliance

"Community Schools 101". What it means to be a community school, and strategies to work toward and extended school day. -- Abby Clayton

"The Garden House Project: A Venture In Campus Homesteading" -- William Terrill & Allison Razo

"Loss in the Midwest & Hope" -- John Curtis, Barefoot Gardens


5:45-6:00 p.m.


6:00 p.m.

Dinner -- Time to Explore local eateries; a list of options will be provided with directions

7:30 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion -- Round Room

Sunday, November 9

10:00-11:30 a.m.

Morning "Wake Up" Activities -- Bike Ride to Lake Storey (organized by COG)

11:30 a.m.

Brunch -- Time to Explore local eateries; a list of options will be provided with directions

12:30-2:00 p.m.

Plenary Speakers* -- Round Room

"Eve's Revolution" -- Eve Ensler

"The Botanical Dimension of Our Human Evolutionary Next Steps" -- Jeffery Bronfman

"Green Chemistry: Biomimicry and Molecular Psychology" -- John Warner

2:00-2:15 p.m.


2:15-3:15 p.m.

Local Interactive Workshops - CFA

"Traditional Agriculture -- Local Food as Culture" -- Margarito Cal, Sustainable Business Center

"Peak Phosphorus: What It Means For You" -- Froggi VanRiper, Knox College

"What Aesop Taught Me about Community Activisim" -- Jamie Lane

More Workshops TBA

3:15-3:30 p.m.


3:30-4:30 p.m.

Local Interactive Workshops - CFA

"DYI Natural Living Products" -- Elysse Helms, Growing Together, Inc.

"Investing in the Future: How Your School's Investment Portfolio Profoundly Influences the World" -- Eric Dilts, Morgan Stanley

"Topics in Modern Agriculture" -- Joel Gruver, Western Illinois University

More Workshops TBA

4:30-4:45 p.m.


4:45-6:00 p.m.

Plenary Speakers* and Closing -- Round Room

"Youth Leadership Lessons from the Grassroots Climate Movement" -- Chloe Maxmin

"Why People Need to Get Arrested: The Climate Crisis Requires Bold Action" -- Arielle Klagsbrun

Nina & Kenny's Closing Thoughts

*Note: The plenary speakers will present at the National Bioneers Conference in California prior to the Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference. Their presentations will be rebroadcast for our audience on a large theatre screen.

The Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference is sponsored by the Knox College Department of Environmental Studies.

Professor Stuart Allison checks wind speed at the Green Oaks prairie burn.
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