Resilience, Resolve, and Renewal: Redefining the 3Rs of Sustainability

September 29-30, 2017

Central College

Pella, Iowa

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Thursday, September 28

2-8 p.m. Sustainability Across the Curriculum Pre-Conference Faculty Workshop

Friday, September 29

8:30-11:30 a.m. Sustainability Across the Curriculum Pre-Conference Faculty Workshop

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshops  

2-6 p.m. Opening panel, breakout sessions, dinner

6-8 p.m. Vang performance and panel discussion

8-10 p.m. Student summit, evening activities

Saturday, September 30

8-11 a.m. Breakfast, breakout and poster sessions

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch and keynote presentation

1-3:30 p.m. Excursions



Mary Swander, Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa will lead a pre-conference workshop and a performance of her play, Vang: A Drama about Recent Immigrant Farmers, which features the stories of a Hmong family, a Sudanese man, a Mexican woman, and a Dutch boy. Following the performance, Swander will be joined by a panel of immigrant and refugee farmers to discuss the changing face of agriculture in the Midwest.


Keynote speaker

Robin Saha will deliver a keynote address exploring the intersections of sustainability and political engagement, sharing stories of his work with students and diverse communities. Saha is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Montana and program faculty with UM’s School of Public and Community Health Sciences and its Climate Change Studies Program. A highly respected environmental justice scholar, teacher, and advocate, he was recently honored as the national winner of the 2016 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award.