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Sustainability Events at Knox

Knox College hosts many special events and guest speaker lectures covering topics in sustainability, in addition to the regular work of College organizations. The EquiKnox Series hosts renowned speakers on sustainability each fall and spring.

Recent Speakers

Winona LaDuke Winona LaDuke
Lecture: "The Next Energy Economy: Green Jobs and the Future of Our Communities" (September 26, 2013)
Winona LaDuke is an American Indian activist, environmentalist, economist, and writer of Anishinaabe descent. In 1996 and 2000, she ran for vice president as the nominee of the Green Party of the United States, on a ticket headed by Ralph Nader.


Ben Sollee Ben Sollee
Performance: Earth Day outdoor celebration concert (April 27, 2013)
Ben Sollee is an American cellist, singer-songwriter, and composer known for his innovative playing style, genre-bending songwriting, electrifying performances, political activism, and wide appeal.


Scott L. Montgomery Scott L. Montgomery '73
Lecture: "Global Energy and Sustainability: Myths, Realities, and Ideas" (September 18, 2012)
Montgomery is an author, geologist, and lecturer. In his professional work, he has written many scientific papers and monographs, as well as several textbooks, related to energy and related technologies. His most recent work, Powers that Be: Global Energy for the 21st Century and Beyond, was chosen as a Choice Outstanding Title for 2011.


Paul Greenberg Paul Greenberg
Lecture: "Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food" (April 16, 2012)
Paul Greenberg is the author of the James Beard Award winning New York Times bestseller "Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food," and a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Book Review, and Opinion Page. He has also written for National Geographic Magazine, GQ, The Times (of London), Vogue, and many other publications. Greenberg lectures widely on issues of ocean sustainability at venues that range from Google to the United States Supreme Court.


Stephanie Rearick Stephanie Rearick
Lecture: "TimeBanking: Valuing Human Wealth, Creating a World of Sustainable Abundance" (April 13, 2011)
Rearick is the executive director of Dane County TimeBank in Wisconsin. In addition to leading Dane County TimeBank, Rearick is co-chair of TimeBanks USA, a national organization that promotes cooperation and sharing of time skills, as an alternative to paying for services.


Jim Harris Jim Harris and Simon Medaney
Lecture: "Environmental Challenges" (March 31, 2011)
Harris is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Society for Ecological Restoration. He is an internationally known and respected authority on ecological restoration, whose research is at the cutting edge of determining how to use ecological restoration as a response to a rapidly changing environment. Medaney is the the Head of the International Development Office at Cranfield University and spoke about opportunities for graduate at one of the United Kingdom's leading research universities, which has a dynamic and highly diverse faculty and student body.


Dan Daggett Dan Dagget
Lecture: "From Ecoradical to Conservative Environmentalist" (September 27, 2010)
Dagget, who is a respected force in land restoration, was named one of the top 100 grass-roots activists in the United States by the Sierra Club in 1992. He has written several books on environmental theory. Dagget has presented more than 100 lectures on topics ranging from environmental law to marketing advice for ranchers.


Dan Peterman Dan Peterman
Lecture: "Plastic Economies and Accidental Publics: Conversation at the Intersection of Art and Ecology" (April 20, 2010)
Peterman is an associate professor of studio arts at University of Illinois at Chicago. He founded and runs the Experimental Station, which is a non-profit organization involved in the community, both regarding arts, small enterprises, and other social actions.


Holter Graham Holter Graham
Lecture: "My Planet, My Passion" (September 21, 2009)
Graham is a co-host of the program "Wa$ted!" on the Planet Green network.
Clive Hamilton Clive Hamilton
Lecture: "Growth Fetishism and the Climate Crisis" (April 21, 2009)
Hamilton is the former director of the Australia Institute think tank and Australian National University Professor of Public Ethics.
John de Graaf John de Graaf
Lecture: "Time and Sustainability" (April 14, 2009)
De Graff is the author of Affluenza: The All Consuming Epidemic, a book about the environmental consequences of over-consumption, and two related documentaries, Affluenza and Escape from Affluenza.
Sandra Steingraber Sandra Steingraber
Lecture: "Sustainability on College Campuses" (Oct. 8, 2008)
Steingraber is the author of Living Downstream, a widely-known book on the links between the environment and health.
Nathan Engstrom Nathan Engstrom
Lecture: "Sustainability: The Ultimate Liberal Art" (Sept. 20, 2007)
Engstrom is coordinator of the Office of Sustainability at Oberlin College.

Get in Touch

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni can direct questions, comments, and suggestions about campus sustainability to the Sustainability Task Force at