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Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference

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Peter Schwartzman

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7142

pschwart@​knox.edu

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The Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference combines nationally recognized plenary speakers -- social and scientific innovators who have practical and visionary solutions for the world's most pressing environmental and social challenges (rebroadcast at Knox on a large theatre screen) -- with presentations by local experts on sustainability, traditional agriculture, modern agriculture, community activism, and more.

This year's conference is free to all thanks to a generous contribution from the Knox College Student Senate.


2015 Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference

Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8
Ford Center for the Fine Arts (Campus Map)
Interactive workshops, local food, renowned speakers, and more!
Free for all participants

Questions?
contact Peter Schwartzman, Knox College Department of Environmental Studies, pschwart@knox.edu or 309-341-7142.


Keynote Event

Saturday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.
"The Fierce Urgency of Now: Why Green Politics is Essential."
Former Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney explains why it is of critical importance that environmentalists and other activists for social progress get involved inside of the political process, instead of trying to influence public policy from the outside.


Prairie Fire Bioneers 2015 Conference Schedule

Friday, November 6

6:45 p.m.

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

7:00 p.m.

Opening Ceremony and Plenary Speakers* -- Round Room

9:00 p.m.

Movie, "This Changes Everything" (2015) & Discussion (led by Howard Ehrman, MD MPH) -- Round Room

Saturday, November 7

8:45 a.m.

Registration -- Outside Kresge Recital Hall, CFA

9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Morning "Wake Up" Activities

Make Some Serious Microgreens (Knox College KARES) CFA 208
Change a Flat & Where to Bike in Galesburg (Knox College Bike Club) (CFA lobby)

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

Plenary Speakers* -- Kresge Recital Hall

  • Youth Activist Hip-Hop Duo -- Xiuhtezcatl Martinez & Itzcuauhtli Roske-martinez'
  • Community: Healing for the 21st Century -- Sister Simone Campbell
  • Rethinking Our Relationship to the Biosphere: A Utopian Vision of A New Economic Paradigm -- Kim Stanley Robinson

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Optional Special Lunch -- "Talking Sustainable Seafood with Iron Spike and Sitka Salmon Shares"(at Iron Spike, 150 E. Simmons St.; $12 includes tax and tip)

1:00-2:15 p.m.

Local Interactive Workshops -- CFA

  • Saving the World through Activism and Democracy -- John Curtis. local farmer, activist and university lecturer, talks about practical steps to making a difference locally. (CFA 205)
  • Workplace Sustainability on a Shoestring -- Froggi Van Riper, Knox College Sustainability Director (CFA 208)
  • Learn to Make Seedbombs -- Knox College Alliance for Peaceful Action (CFA 209)
  • Poverty, Class & Food Issues -- Megan diana Mackin & Jessi Taylor, Knox Prairie Community Kitchen (CFA 211)

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Local Interactive Workshops -- CFA

  • Local Weeds Nourish and Heal -- Tina Hope takes a closer look at common "weeds" in our area. Share in the story of ten local herbs; learning about their nourishing, healing and medicinal properties. Sample homemade preparations of some of these herbs as teas, infusions, healing salves and first aid spray. Take home a few simple recipes to try on your own! (CFA 205)
  • Environment Justice in IL and Galesburg--Food Access & Transportation (CFA 208)
  • WHAT is a CAFO? WHERE are they located in Illinois and WHY should we care? -- Eric Sterling, research assistant ICCAW (Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water) & Karen Hudson (Regional Associate, SRAP Socially Responsible Agriculture Project and ICCAW) (CFA 209)
  • How to Get Things Moving in a Positive Direction in a Community -- John Hunigan, Knox County Board member & Peter Schwartzman, Galesburg Alderman (CFA 211)

3:40-5:00 p.m.

Plenary Speakers* -- Kresge Recital Hall

  • Food, Race and Justice -- Malik Yakini
  • Visual Healing - Short Film -- Louie Schwartzberg
  • Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company

5:15-6:15 p.m.

Local Interactive Workshops -- CFA

  • Beyond Fracking: The Dangers of Fracking and the Transition to More Sustainable Energy Sources -- Vito Mastrangelo, Illinois Green Party Chair (CFA 205)
  • Environment Justice in IL and Galesburg -- Water, Health & Facilities (CFA 208)
  • The Potential of Sustainable Transportation to Improve the Quality of Life -- Rich Whitney, lawyer, & Paula Bradshaw, RN, former Green Party candidate for Congress in the 12th Congressional District (CFA 209)
  • Art and Revitalization -- Tuesday Cetin, Director, Galesburg Civic Arts Center (CFA 211)

6:15 p.m.

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

7:30 p.m.

Keynote Event -- Round Room

"The Fierce Urgency of Now: Why Green Politics is Essential."
Former Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney explains why it is of critical importance that environmentalists and other activists for social progress get involved inside of the political process, instead of trying to influence public policy from the outside.

Sunday, November 8

10:00-11:30 a.m.

Morning "Wake Up" Activities -- Meet in CFA

Installation of Monarch Waystation (Garden Club) (meet outside Kresge and walk to Knox Farm)

10:30 a.m.

Yoga with Tina Hope: Maintaining A Sustainable Practice for Heart, Mind, and Body  (Mirror Room, Memorial Gymnasium)

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

  • Water by Design -- Henk Ovink
  • Both/And/All: Environmentalism and Racial Justice -- Rinku Sen
  • Navigating Adaptation and Resilience as Un-Sustainability Hits the Tipping Point -- Andy Lipkis

2:00-2:15 p.m.

Break

2:15-3:15 p.m.

Local Interactive Workshops - CFA

  • How Climate Change is Affecting us, our families, and communities now and what we can do about it!! -- Howard Ehrman, MD MPH, Faculty at UIC College of Medicine and School of Public Health, Co-Founder Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, 1994-2013 (CFA 205)
  • Environment Justice in IL and Galesburg-- Parks/Open Space & Education (CFA 208)
  • "Toilet Talk: the dark realities and hopeful future of human waste" -- Froggi Van Riper,  (CFA 211)

3:15-3:30 p.m.

Break

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Local Interactive Workshops - CFA

  • Transitioning to Organic Farming - Decisions to Be Made -- Jim and Marti Dallmeyer, Thistle Creek Orchard (CFA 205)
  • Environment Justice in IL and Galesburg-- Topical issues (CFA 208)
  • The Beginning of Civilization or How to Avoid Civilicide -- Ken Cramer, Prof. of Biology, Monmouth College (CFA 209)

4:30-4:45 p.m.

Break

4:45-6:00 p.m.

Plenary Speakers* and Closing -- Round Room

  • Self-Organizing Community Democracy for the Internet Age -- Ben Knight
  • Project Drawdown -- Paul Hawken


*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 a generous contribution from the Knox College Student Senate, and brought to you by the Office of Sustainability and the Department of Environmental Studies.


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