Knox Hosts 'Beaming Bioneers' Events

Speakers, workshops, video keynotes Nov. 4-6

October 31, 2011

Bioneers campKnox College will host a series of events November 4-6 that showcase what the organizers describe as "practical environmental solutions and innovative social strategies to restore Earth's imperiled ecosystems and heal our human community."

The event, known as "Beaming Bioneers," is affiliated with the national Bioneers Conference, held this year in San Rafael, California.

Schedule of Beaming Bioneers Events at Knox College:

Friday, November 4

7 p.m.
Plenary Session Opening and Video Presentations -- "Restoration Writ Large: Unleashing the Potential of Nature and People for Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration," with journalist and award-winning filmmaker John D. Liu. "Google Earth-Eye View: Mapping a Future Environment of Hope," with Rebecca Moore, software engineer, founder and manager of Google Earth Outreach, which can help monitor deforestation and map land use trends. Round Room, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

9 p.m.
Open Mic -- "Get up, Stand up" Kresge Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.


Saturday, November 5

9 a.m.
Prairie Seed Gathering. Led by Peter Schwartzman, professor and chair of environmental studies. Will include harvesting of seeds from prairie grasses and flowers on the Knox campus.

10:30 a.m.
Plenary Session Video Presentations -- "Revolutionizing K-12 Education with Sustainability in Mind," by Karen Brown, creative director of the Center for Ecoliteracy. "Blue and Green: Working Together to Secure a Sustainable Future," by Roxanne Brown, assistant legislative director of the United Steelworkers of America. "The Real Food Challenge," by Anim Steel, director of National Programs at The Food Project of Boston. Round Room, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

2 p.m.
Workshop -- "Seed balls for Monarch Restoration," Rhonda Brady, University of Illinois Master Gardener and a participant in the Monarch Watch tagging program since 1997. Each participant will create seed balls to distribute in November which is the prime time to plant seeds requiring cold moist stratification to germinate and provide habitat for monarch butterflies in following years.

Workshop -- "Peace in our Neighborhoods." Greg Vickers, Sr. - We must have peace in our neighborhoods and communities. Violence and bullets do not discriminate. They don't just hurt one of us, they terrorize all of us. We will talk about how we can make our community safe and peaceful. All are welcome to join this most important of endeavors.

Workshop -- "The Food Movement: Get Revved Up!" Helen Schnoes, Knox College graduate and organizer of local Food Week activities.

3 p.m.
Workshop -- "Raising Little Village: The fight for Celotex!" A video and discussion on activities of the Little Village Environmental Justice Network on an abandoned toxic waste site in Chicago.

Workshop -- "Food Hub: the concept and what it means to small growers." Local food producers Amy Brucker, Jim Stanley, and Lorelei Ullrich.

4 p.m.
Workshop -- "Environmental Activism in the Community." Members of the Knox College student organization KARES (Knox Advocates for Recycling and Environmental Support) and representatives from other college campuses and communities around the Midwest.

Workshop -- "Local Energy Solutions." Gary Lay and Thomas Veague lead a discussion on renewable energy and the latest solar and wind technologies for homeowners and businesses.

Workshop -- "Correction, We Are NOT a Food Desert." Representatives of the Little Village Environmental Justice Workshop will discuss urban agriculture projects in Chicago's Little Village, the Midwest's most densely populated Mexican community.

5 p.m.
Plenary Session Video Presentations -- "Reinventing Fire," by Amory Lovins, chairman and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute. "Life's Operating Manual,"by Dayna Baumeister, co-founder of the Biomimicry Guild and Biomimicry Institute; "When Women Are People, and Corporations Are Not: Why the First Inequality Will Also Be The Last," by author and editor Gloria Steinem.

8 p.m.
Community Conversation/Social Hour -- Music by the Knox student group, "Poets & Peasants." Round Room, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.


Sunday, November 6

10 a.m.
Workshop -- Yoga with Laura Bush in the Auxiliary Gymnasium

Walking Tour -- "Ecotour of Galesburg" led by Peter Schwartzman, associate professor and chair of environmental studies, Knox College. Tour departs from Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

12:30 p.m.
Plenary Session Video Presentations -- "Revitalizing Indigeneity: Eco-Cultural Knowledge and
Reciprocity," by Melissa Nelson, professor of American Indian studies at San Francisco State University and president of the Cultural Conservancy. "Solutions from the Underground: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World," by Paul Stamets.
Kresge Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.


2 p.m.
Workshop -- "Beyond the Fork: How Real Change is Going to Come in the Food System," with representatives of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance.

Workshop -- "Human Trafficking. What it is. How it works. What you can do," with Tom Colclasure of Asha for Life Community.

Workshop -- "Alternative Menstrual Products," with students from the Knox College Student Health Advocacy Group (SHAG) and Students Against Sexism in Society (SASS).

3 p.m.
Plenary Session Video Presentations -- "The Emerging Imagination Age," by Joshua Fouts and Rita King. "Continuing a Legacy: Building a Sustainable World in the 21st Century," by oceanographer Phillipe Cousteau. "Voices for Peace and Sustainable Development: The First Women's Parliament of India," by Pam Rajput. Round Room, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

5 p.m.
Closing Plenary Session, Round Room, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.


For the past ten years, Knox students have traveled to Beaming Bioneers conferences on other campuses. This is the first Beaming Bioneers conference that Knox has hosted on its own campus.

The Prairie Fire Bioneers Organizing Team is comprised of three recent Knox graduates, Alison Ehrhard '11, Michelle Gerber '11, and Rose Worthen '11, under the direction of Peter Schwartzman, associate professor and chair of environmental studies.

The Beaming Bioneers Conference at Knox is supported by the Environmental Studies Department and the Office of the Dean of the College.

Below: Knox students attend a Beaming Bioneers Conference in 2009.
Knox students at Bioneers Conference