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Majors & Minors > Environmental Studies > Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference

Bioneers Schedule and Speakers


Peter Schwartzman

Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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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 -- Local Options Available

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

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

"Resources to Support Education" -- 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 -- Local Options Available

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 -- Local options available

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 Aesops 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

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.

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