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August 13, 2020, 2pm CDT / Featured Speakers: Youth from Cool Learning Experience
The Smith Nature Symposium opens with the most important voices in this series: our future. Young leaders from Cool Learning Experience, a distinguished environmental education program and partner with Brushwood Center, share their vision for a more just and sustainable future using art and poetry.
ABOUT THE SMITH NATURE SYMPOSIUM
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods hosts the 37th annual Smith Nature Symposium in memory of the significant civic legacy of Hermon Dunlap and Ellen Thorne Smith, who donated their land and cabin to help form Ryerson Woods. Hermon, or Dutch, was chair and CEO of Marsh & McLennan, and led The Chicago Community Trust, Newberry Library, and many other Chicago Institutions. Ellen was a philanthropic leader and champion of nature with organizations such as The Field Museum and Chicago Zoological Society. She authored the book Chicagoland Birds: Where and When to Find Them. Proceeds from the Smith Nature Symposium support Thrive Together, Brushwood Center's COVID-19 response for a more just and sustainable future.
Business-as-usual will not suffice. Now is the time to create a stronger and more resilient future. This year, the Smith Nature Symposium offers a seven-part live-streamed series of conversations to explore a more just and sustainable future in the aftermath of COVID-19. The series begins in August, and culminates in the Smith Nature Symposium Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 2, with our 2020 honorees: Bill McKibben and Sue Halpern.
All presentations will be available in English and Spanish.
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