February Bioneers Speakers Address Hope
The 2018 Great Lakes Bioneers Speaker series is themed The Path of Hope and will take place on February 13 and 27, at McHenry County College. This annual series brings community together for meaningful conversations about sustainability topics that affect everyone.
At 7 p.m., February 13, speakers Dr. Michael J. Schuck, professor at the Department of Theology of Loyola University Chicago and Dr. Nancy C. Tuchman, director of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola, will discuss The Path of Hope: Integral Ecology for Home and Hemisphere. The presentation will focus on how scientific clarity, ethical guidance, spiritual engagement and direct action are the four connected steps needed to help heal the Earth, locally and globally.
On February 27, Dr. Jim Nienhuis, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Horticulture, will lead two conversations. At noon, Nienhuis will talk about Renaissance art and vegetables as presented in paintings, and what we can learn about how vegetables have changed dramatically over the last 500 years.
At 6 p.m., February 27, Nienhuis will share the science and stories behind an international project led by his lab at UWM that is working with Women Farming Cooperatives in rural areas of Central America to promote sustainable vegetable production.
Each presentation is independent, allowing participants to attend any or all events. Admission is free and preregistration is not required. Location: 8900 U.S. Hwy. 14, Crystal Lake. For more information, call the MCC Sustainability Center at 815-479-7765, email Sustainability@McHenry.edu or visit Mchenry.edu/bioneers.