The free three-day conference features community tours and workshops, poetry readings, a dance performance, a keynote address and a panel titled “Wild Justice.” Plus, in a new addition this year, children ages 5-15 are invited to attend a Headwaters for Kids camp at the Coldharbour Ranch, an environmental education center.
This year, the Headwaters Conference theme is “Science, Story, Justice.” The events will explore how language and science create both justice and injustice as they unfold diverse ways of knowing the world. In addition to featured presentations on this theme, Saturday’s workshops will engage participants in the field, perhaps venturing out with a scientist to study soundscapes and species conservation or joining with writers from High Country News magazine to learn how journalism can affect public lands in the West.
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Ph.D., is to give the keynote address on Friday night. Kimmerer is the author of Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, which won the 2005 John Burroughs Medal, and Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, which received the 2014 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. Kimmerer speaks both as a botanist and as a Potawatomi woman who learned about plants through the stories of her ancestors and the inquisitive explorations of childhood.
Saturday night, Chicago’s Center for Humans & Nature and Western’s Center for Environment & Sustainability present a panel asking “How do social justice movements to protect place enhance our story of what is wild?” The panel features authors from Wildness: Relations of People and Place, including Devon Pena, Michael Howard and John Hausdoerffer.
Other events include a dance performance by Sree Sinha and reading by poet Aaron Abeyta. The children’s camp, running on Saturday, from 8:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., will feature science and storytelling activities.
For more information on the Headwaters Conference and Headwaters for Kids camp, and for free registration, visit www.western.edu/headwaters/2017.
October 6-8, 2017
Free registration includes Saturday lunch