Category Archives: Chicago

Water, Climate Change, Science, & Literature

This month one of Chicago’s public radio stations, WBEZ (91.5 FM), has kicked off a fascinating and timely series about water, science, and the humanities. It’s called After Water, and according to the series’ website, the project asks “writers to … Continue reading

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Leonard Dubkin, Chicago’s Urban Nature Writer: A Short Biography

Leonard Dubkin (1905-1972) was a businessman, journalist, naturalist, and nature writer who lived and worked in Chicago.A contemporary of the much more well-known Nelson Algren and Studs Terkel, Dubkin is a long-neglected urban nature writer of the 20th century whose … Continue reading

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SUST 350 Course Preview for Fall 2014

This coming fall semester (2014) I will be offering a transformational service learning course, SUST 350 Service and Sustainability, at the Chicago Campus. The specific course theme is  Urban Farming, Environmental Justice, & Community Development. Title/number: SUST 350 Service and … Continue reading

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Sustainable Agriculture Jobs in Chicago

Just now I’ve had a couple of interesting sustainable agriculture job ads cross my desk. (OK, they appeared in my email inbox, to be precise — but that doesn’t sound as good.) The first is with one of RU’s arch-rivals … Continue reading

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IL EPA Hears Southeast Side Residents’ Complaints about Petcoke Piles along Calumet River

Last Thursday the Illinois EPA held a contentious public meeting on Chicago’s SE Side to hear residents’ concerns and complaints about the massive piles of petcoke — a waste by-product of tar sands oil refining done in nearby Whiting, IN … Continue reading

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The Recycling Divide in Chicago

Chicago likes to tout itself as a green city on the rise; just take a look at its official Environment and Sustainability webpage, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel states the laudable goal of making it the “greenest city in the world.” … Continue reading

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Piles and Piles of Petcoke: Environmental Justice along the Calumet River

Today’s Mike Nowak Show on WCPT features a segment about the petcoke controversy in the Calumet Region of Chicago’s far South Side. This waste by-product from the refining of oil from the tar sands of Canada has been piling up … Continue reading

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Presenting at SLSA 2013: Water & the Postnatural City

Yesterday I arrived at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana — my first visit to this storied campus — to participate in the annual meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. This year the … Continue reading

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CIMBY Students Visit RU Campus and Tour Stearns Quarry Park

Last month I had the great fortune of playing host at Roosevelt’s Chicago Campus to a terrific group of Chicago Public High School kids from the far South Side — the Calumet region, specifically — for a sustainability-themed tour of … Continue reading

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Action Research at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm

Many of the writing and research assignments I give my students at RU are fairly straightforward and prescriptive. I give them a lot of concrete guidelines and freedom to choose a topic; they crank out the work; and then I … Continue reading

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