SUST Program Screens Film in Schaumburg

Recently, the Sustainability Studies program celebrated Earth Day by hosting a successful viewing of the new Aldo Leopold documentary film, Green Fire.

Well-attended by a variety of community members despite harsh weather conditions, the screening was followed by a moderated discussion on local and global environmental issues. Michael Hutchins, Executive Director and CEO of The Wildlife Society, in his review of the film, stated it “should be mandatory viewing for any student in a natural resource field, indeed for anyone who values nature, wilderness, and wildlife.”

Associate Professor Mike Bryson introduced the film and moderated discussion afterwards–and then blogged about the event. Bryson’s most recent course, SUST 210, is continuing the conversation about sustainability and the Schaumburg campus. If you are interested in learning more about the SUST major or upcoming SUST events, contact Bryson for more information and start following the Sustainability Studies blog.


Three Nominations for Professor’s Podcasts

Gary K. Wolfe’s science fiction podcasting is now up for not one, not two, but three awards.

Locus Online announced the first award, shared here back in March, but now two other organizations have added their accolades too. SF Signal announced the 2011 Ditmar award finalists and The Coode Street podcast, by Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan, has been nominated for “Best Fan Publication in Any Medium.” SF Signal says the Ditmars are “the Australian equivalent of the Hugos recognizing excellence in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror by Australians.”

Additionally, the 36th Annual Western Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention included Wolfe and Strahan’s podcasting for “Best Western Australian Fan Production” within their Tin Duck Award nominations.

Both award winners should be announced in April., which is the Australian national science fiction award, a

Upcoming CPS Award Ceremony

Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies is hosting its annual student award ceremony on Thursday April 28th, in the Gage Gallery campus, at 5pm. Awards will be given in many categories and disciplines. Hospitality and Management will present their Special Achievement and Outstanding Achievement Awards. Training and Development will present an award to the student with an Outstanding Master’s Project. As well, students will be recognized in Organizational Leadership,  Paralegal Studies, Criminal Justice, and in the English Language Program for their leadership roles. The Department of Professional and Liberal Studies will present an award for Outstanding Senior Thesis and another celebrating Creative Writing. New students will also be inducted into honor societies. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony. Please join the faculty in congratulating so many fine students.

Bryson Publishes Article on Chicago Journalist-Naturalist

Associate Professor Mike Bryson on one of his class field trips.

Associate Professor Mike Bryson lingered over a book in a Rogers Park neighborhood and happened upon a new topic of research. That book was by Leonard Dubkin, a “Chicago Urban Nature Writer,” as Bryson shares in his blog.

Bryson began an in-depth research project on Dubkin, including interviewing Dubkin’s daughter to flesh out his understanding of the 20th century naturalist writer. The project culminated recently in an article entitled “Empty Lots and Secret Places,” published in the Winter 2011 issue of Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature and the Environment. It’s a fascinating article that discusses Dubkin’s representations of urban nature, as well as Bryson’s concept of “Chicago Wilderness.” Bryson writes,

. . . the concept of Chicago Wilderness encompasses additional meanings. It embraces the notion of human ecology, in the dual sense that people are recognized to be not just an important component of urban ecosystems, but also an instrumental force in conserving, restoring, and (as in Dubkin’s case) documenting the landscape. It provides a political and rhetorical framework for doing scientific research, developing policy, fostering education and public outreach, and undertaking conservation and restoration work. By including a diverse array of stakeholders in these processes (scientists, politicians, educators, entrepreneurs, students, and citizen volunteers), the activity of Chicago Wilderness breaks down the barriers between professional and amateur, young and old, and city and suburb. Most importantly—and of greatest relevance to Dubkin’s lifelong project of representing Chicago’s natural history—it undercuts the false dichotomy between ‘city’ and ‘nature’ by redefining the wild as an inherent property of urban nature, rather than something antithetical to the city environment.