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Brushwood Center at Ryerson

January/February 2017


In 2016, Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods announced a new partnership with The Field Museum. This quarterly speaker series is designed to inform northern Illinois residents on new and brilliant research underway at The Field Museum - without the long drive to Chicago. This new partnership gives The Field Museum a chance to reach their northern neighbors while allow-ing the Brushwood Center a chance to further the conversation on important environmental and cultural issues that impact our region and world.

The Field Museum and the Changing Landscape of the Chicago Region / Saturday, January 23
Mark J. Bouman, Chicago Region Program Director in the Keller Science Action Center of the Division of Science and Education at The Field Museum, presents: “The Field Museum and the Changing Landscape of the Chicago Region,” providing a window into recent findings while also laying the foundation for upcoming talks. Dr. Bouman oversees the Museum’s interdis-ciplinary conservation and cultural heritage work in the Chicago region. The Science Action Center’s work takes a number of forms: conservation, ecological restoration, environmental leadership de-velopment and stewardship, creative placemaking, climate change adaptation, green infrastructure planning, and cultural heritage planning and development. 

The Choreography of Birds / Opening Reception Sunday, March 5, 1-3pm
Choreography is the art of designing sequences of movements, and birds both in flight as well as on still water arrange themselves masterfully. Explore the work of painter, author, and Field Museum Artist in Residence, Peggy Macnamara. The exhi-bition will include paintings from her new books, “Art of the Peregrine Falcon” and “Coloring Nature”. Free. No registration required. Exhibition runs March 5 – April 17.

Half-Earth by Edward O. Wilson / Wednesday, March 8, 7:30 - 9pm
Join our vibrant group of nature enthusiasts for lively discussions of Ameri-can environmental literature. The book talks are led by Benjamin Goluboff, profes-sor of English at Lake Forest College and an expert in American literature. Insight-ful and informative discussions cover the historical context, impact and influence of important works in the environmental literature movement.

Register for individual sessions or the entire season. For more information contact Brushwood at 847-968-3308 or visit the website at www. brushwoodcenter.org.


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