Selected presentations for academic and general audiences, including professional conference talks, guest lectures, and multimedia presentations.
“Mapping Sustainability Assets in Chicago’s Neighborhoods: Environmental Education and Community-based Research.” Presented with RU undergrads Conor Swenson and Katrina Wiecek at the Chicago Wilderness Congress, UIC, 15 November 2012.
Co-presenter with Lindy Biggs, Lisa Benton-Short, Geoffrey Habron, and Tom Schrand. “Teaching Sustainability 101: How Do We Structure an Introductory Course?” Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Los Angeles, CA, 15 October 2012. (blog post)
“Exploring the Chicago River: Ethics, Sustainability, and a Sense of Place.” Association of Environmental Studies and Science, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, 23 June 2012. (see pdf of slideshow and blog post about our session entitled “The Ethics of Place in Urban Areas”)
“Sustainability and Water: Exploring Science, Policy, and a Sense of Place.” Presented with RU undergrad Amanda Zeigler at the Chicago River Congress, Amundsen High School, Chicago IL, 25 February 2012. (Powerpoint and pdf)
“Greyways vs. Greenways: Schaumburg’s Sustainable Future.” Multimedia presentation with Mary Beth Radeck and Jessie Crow Mermel, “Lifeways and Greenways” Sustainability and Ethics Forum, Chicago Botanic Garden, 28 October 2011.
“From the City to the Farm: Pedagogy and Logistics of Field Trips in Online Courses.” College of Professional Studies Online Teaching Forum, Roosevelt University, 20 October 2011. (pdf)
“Teaching Sustainability: Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Approaches.” Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Indiana University, 25 June 2011. (pdf)
Co-presenter with Carl Zimring. “Sustainability Studies at Roosevelt University: Re-envisioning Education in the Urban Environment.” Wild Things 2011 Conference on Chicago Wilderness, University of Illinois Chicago, 5 March 2011. (pdf)
“That’s Some Fish Story: What the Asian Carp Controversy Can Tell Us about Science, Sustainability, and the Future of the Great Lakes Watershed.” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Indianapolis, IN, October 2010.
“Sustainability Studies and the Greening of Roosevelt University.” Presentation to the Roosevelt University Board of Trustees, Chicago, IL, March 2010. (pdf)
Co-presenter with Carl Zimring. “Creating the Sustainable City: Developing an Introduction to Interdisciplinary Urban Environmental Studies for a General Education Curriculum.” Association of Environmental Studies and Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Oct. 2009. (pdf)
“Finding Nature in the Windy City: Leonard Dubkin’s Explorations of Chicago.” Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, University of Victoria, BC, June 2009.
Co-presenter with Carl Zimring. “The Sustainable City: Developing an Interdisciplinary, Team-taught, Hybrid Course.” Roosevelt University Mini-Conference on Teaching, Chicago, IL, 3 Apr 2009. (pdf)
Co-presenter with Jennifer Lau-Bond, Monique Haller, Mairin Barney, and Carl Zimring. “Why Do They Love Wikipedia? Innovative Ways of Teaching Research Throughout the University.” Roosevelt University Mini-Conference on Teaching, Chicago, IL, 3 Apr 2009.
“Reading the Landscape of the City: Interdisciplinary Investigations of Nature and Culture in the Chicago Region.” Nature in the Humanities, Humanities Education and Research Association, Chicago, IL, April 2009. (pdf)
“The Historian and the Photographer: Confronting Urban Sprawl in Data and Image.” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, New York University, Nov. 2006. (pdf)
Guest Lectures and other Talks:
“Urban Nature in (and around) Joliet: Sensing Place and Finding the Wild.” Invited Lecture for Family Environmental Literacy Night, University of St. Francis, Joliet IL, 15 April 2013. (pdf)
“Paddling the Chicago River: A Good Way to Think about Science, Art, Ethics, and the Sustainability of Cities.” Augustana College Winter Symposium, Rock Island IL, 23 January 2013. (pdf)
“Creating a Sustainable Future: Sustainability and Interdisciplinary Education.” Invited Lecture for Joliet Junior College Faculty Retreat on Sustainability, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, 3 June 2012. (pdf)
“Sustainability Studies: College and Career Opportunities.” Guest lecture for AVID student program at Wheeling High School, Wheeling IL, 18 May 2012. (pdf)
“Sustainability and Climate Change: Thinking Critically about Science, Policy, and Ethics.” Guest Lecture for Prof. Andy Carter’s First Year Seminar, Roosevelt University, 10 November 2011. (pdf)
“Sustainability and Interdisciplinary Learning: Environmental Education in the Metropolitan Environment.” Invited Faculty Lecture for Sustainability Seminar Group, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, 5 April 2011. (pdf)
“The Chicago River: Biodiversity, Urban Ecology, and the Sustainability of Water Resources.” Guest Lecture for Prof. Norb Cordeiro’s Environmental Biology class, Roosevelt University, 8 Nov 2010. (pdf)