The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA), housed at Western Illinois University, will once again sponsor a series of Sustainability Brownbaggers lunch-time conversation events.
The one-hour presentations, held over the lunch hour from 12:30–1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, are described as "conversations for the natural and social sciences, business and the arts and humanities." The Sustainability Brownbaggers events will be held in WIU's Leslie F. Malpass Library, third floor. Individuals are welcome to bring their lunches to each event. Upcoming presentations include:
Tuesday, Feb. 7: "Local food possibilities and issues"
Presented by: John Curtis, Barefoot Gardens; Suzan Nash, Western Illinois Regional Council; and Rob Porter, assistant professor, WIU recreation, park and tourism administration dept.
Tuesday, Feb. 14: "How are we going to feed, clothe and house 7 billion people?"
Presented by: Marietta Loehrlein, professor, WIU School of Agriculture; Mark Bernards, assistant professor, WIU School of Agriculture; and John Timmons, assistant professor, WIU dietetics, fashion merchandising and hospitality dept.
Tuesday, Feb. 21: "Food handling and processing"
Presented by: Carol Longley, assistant professor, WIU dietetics, fashion merchandising and hospitality dept.; and Joel Gruver, assistant professor, WIU School of Agriculture
Tuesday, Feb. 28: "Insect pollination"
Presented by: Dan Yoder, professor, WIU recreation, park and tourism administration dept.; and Ken McCravy, associate professor, WIU biological sciences dept.
Tuesday, March 6: "Building sustainable curriculum"
Presented by: Linda Zellmer, University Libraries; Terry Rathje, assistant professor, WIU art dept.; and Lauren Sciascia, graduate assistant, WIU-QC admissions
Tuesday, March 20: "Community alternative energy strategies"
Presented by: Fred Iutzi and Jolene Willis, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
Tuesday, March 27: "Seven environmental solutions we should consider"
Presented by: Eric Ribbens, professor, biological sciences dept.; and Environmental Studies 401 students
The Sustainability Brownbaggers series is presented in cooperation with Western Illinois University Libraries, WIU Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research (CITR), WIU Centennial Honors College and WIU Employee Wellness.