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Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference


Peter Schwartzman

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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The Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference includes video recordings of nationally recognized plenary speakers combined with in-person workshops and presentations by local experts - all social and scientific innovators who have practical and visionary solutions for the world's most pressing environmental and social challenges.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference and made it such a success! 

Want to receive an email when we set the date and schedule for the 2018 conference? Email us at 

Check back in the fall for details about the 2018 conference or follow the 2017 Prairie Fire Bioneers Facebook page. 

See the general agenda for last year's 2.5 day conference below. 

2017 Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference
February 10-12

Friday, February 10

6:oo pm - Registration Opens

6:30 pm - Opening Ceremony and Plenary Speakers (videos)*

8:30 pm - Refreshments and Networking Break

9:00 pm - Evening event of music and poetry 

Saturday, February 11

8:30 am - Registration Opens

9:00 am - Morning Activities 

10:30 am - Morning Break

11:00 am - Plenary Speakers (videos)* 

12:30 pm - Lunch 

2:00 pm - Local Interactive Workshops (concurrent)

3:00 pm - Break

3:15 pm - Local Interactive Workshops (concurrent)

4:45 pm - Break

5:00 pm - Plenary Speakers (videos)*

6:15 pm - Dinner

7:30 pm - Keynote Event

Mni Wiconi, Water is Life: Solidarity with Standing Rock
Al Eastman, American Indian Center

One Standing Rock in the Context of Climate Change Globally
Dr. Howard Ehrman, University of Illinois at Chicago

Sunday, February 12

9:30 am - Registration Opens

10:00 am - Morning Activities (concurrent)

11:00 am - Brunch 

12:30 pm - Plenary Speakers (videos)*

2:00 pm - Break

2:15 pm - Local Interactive Workshops (concurrent)

3:15 pm - Break

3:30 pm - Local Interactive Workshops (concurrent)

5:00 pm - Break

5:15 pm - Plenary Speakers (videos)* and Closing

*Plenary speakers presented at the 2016 National Bioneers Conference in California. Their presentations will be rebroadcast for our audience on a large theater screen.

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