All Connected: Human Behavior and the Environment in the Vermilion River System

This spring 2019 series of lectures is organized in conjunction with an undergraduate class ([ESE 311], titled “Environmental Issues Today) and open to the public. Lectures will take place from 3:30 – 4:50 p.m. in Room 1306, Everitt Lab, 1406 West Green Street in Urbana.

Links to readings on the topics will be posted as they are available. If any talks need to be cancelled or rescheduled information will be posted here as soon as it is received.

Questions? email to

–Rob Kanter

January 24


Speaker: Eric Freyfogel, Swanlund Chair and Professor of Law Emeritus

Topic: An ethical framework for exploring issues

January 31


Speaker: Jim Angel, climate scientist

Topic: Potential impacts of climate change on the system

February 7


Speaker: Laura Elizabeth Christianson, Department of Crop Sciences

Topic: Water quality and nutrient loss reduction in agriculture

February 14


Speaker: Suzanne Smith, Edgewood Farm

Topic: Production agriculture and environmental stewardship

February 21


Speaker: Jeremy Tiemann, Associate Aquatic Ecologist, Illinois Natural History Survey

Topic: Reintroduction of two federally-endangered mussels in Illinois

February 28


Speaker: David Bane, Bane Family Meats

Topic: Diversified livestock farming: Healthy, Humane, and Regenerative

March 28


Speaker: Andrew Rehn, Water Resources Engineer, Prairie Rivers Network; Pam and Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative (?)

Topic: Coal ash as a threat to Middle Fork of the Vermilion

April 4


Speaker: C. Eliana Brown, Stormwater Specialist, Illinois Extension ANR/Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Topic: Rethinking stormwater management for healthy rivers

April 11


Speaker: Rob Kanter, School of Earth, Society, and Environment

Topic: Wildlife in the system

April 18


Speaker: Cindy Shepherd, Central Illinois Outreach Director, Faith in Place

Topic: Environmental activism with a religious foundation