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IIRA Sustainability Brown Bag Series to Begin Feb. 3

January 13, 2009

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MACOMB, IL -- The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at Western Illinois University will again sponsor the winter/spring series of sustainability-themed brown bag lunch-hour discussions beginning Feb. 3. Topics for the Spring 2009 line up range from sustainability as it relates to the field of political science to historical land use at Vishnu Springs in McDonough County.

All discussions will be held Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in room 180 at the Leslie F. Malpass Library on WIU's Macomb campus. Discussions include:

Feb. 3: Rick Hardy, WIU political science department chair, will present "Sustainability: Bush v. Obama."

Feb. 10: Loka Ashwood, from the IIRA, will present "The Sustainability of Rural Identity."

Feb. 17: Brian Davies, assistant professor in WIU's physics department, will present "Clarifying the Coal Question."

Feb. 24: Timothy Collins, IIRA assistant director, and Steve Hicks, also from the IIRA, will present "Theodore Roosevelt's Country Life Commission and Sustainability."

March 10: Bill Knight, professor in WIU's English and journalism department, will present "Reporting Green While the Press Is in the Red."

March 24: Holly Stovall, instructor in Western's women's studies department, will present "Back to the Kitchen with Local Food Movements."

March 31: Susan Romano, assistant professor in WIU's department of biological sciences, and Selina Goddard, graduate assistant at the Institute for Environmental Studies at WIU, will present "Historical Land Use: Relationships to Current Forest at Vishnu Springs."

The IIRA's Spring 2009 sustainability lunch-hour discussion series is presented in cooperation with the Malpass Library, the Institute for Environmental Studies and the WIU Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research.

For more information, contact Collins at (309) 298-3412 or Visit the IIRA online at

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