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Cuyahoga Valley Institute: Wild and Scenic Film Festival @ Happy Days Lodge Sun. May 19th, 2019
4:00 pm-7:00 pm

A CELEBRATION OF OUR ENVIRONMENT!

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes to Cuyahoga Valley National Park!

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films from the annual festival held the third week of January in Nevada City, CA which is now in its 17th year! Wild & Scenic focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival (WSFF) was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in 2003. The festival’s namesake is in celebration of SYRCL’s landmark victory to receive “Wild &

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Rural Garden Cemetery Movement Sat. May 4th, 2019
10:00 am-1:00 pm

Lake View Cemetery, established in 1869 with over 285 acres, operates one of the country’s most unique rural garden cemeteries featuring hundreds of varieties of trees, shrubs and lush natural areas. Some specimen trees date back to Moses Cleaveland’s arrival on the banks of the Cuyahoga River more than 200 years ago. Winding paths over rolling hills, extensive water courses and ponds, and open meadows fringed by forests- these were among the charming features that distinguished Lake View as a rural garden cemetery. Join us as we walk through parts of the cemetery to discuss the “Rural Garden Cemetery Movement”,

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Curator Talk: Charles Burchfield Tue. April 23rd, 2019
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Speaker: Britany Salsbury, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings

American artist Charles Burchfield used the landscape of northeast Ohio to express universal emotions and moods. He experimented avidly with watercolor in both his hometown Salem and Cleveland, where he attended the Cleveland School (now Institute) of Art. Learn about the period described as his “golden year” and the abstract style that defined his work.

This event is sponsored by Cleveland Museum of Art and is free and open to the public.

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Crooked River Conversations: River Fires and Fire Boats Tue. April 23rd, 2019
2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Speaker: Paul Nelson, Western Reserve Fire Museum Historian

Think the 1969 fire was the only one?  With the Crooked River Contrasts exhibit as a backdrop, learn the fascinating history of fifteen major fires along the Cuyahoga River, and the battles to extinguish the misconceptions about the river.  You’ll also learn more about the wonderful new Fire Museum!

This event is sponsored by Xtinguish Celebration, West Creek Conservancy and Ohio Humanities.

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Earth Day at Windsor Woods Mon. April 22nd, 2019
11:00 am-3:00 pm

Instructors: Judy Semroc, Larry Rosche, Stanley Stine and Garrett Ormiston

Join Museum naturalists on a survey of wetlands, swamp forests and buttonbush swamps at this new CMNH natural area in Trumbull County. The site boasts of bountiful habitats which could afford us some great looks at aquatic denizens, both plants and animals.

This event is sponsored by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

This is a ticketed event.  Tickets information will be posted soon.

 

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Illuminating the Perils and Reflecting on the Possibilities for Birds in Urban Landscapes Fri. April 12th, 2019
7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Harvey Webster, Chief Wildlife Officer and Museum Ambassador, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, presents this lecture as part of CMNH’s Explorers Series.

The built human landscape presents unique challenges and opportunities for birds. Many species have successfully used building roofs as nesting habitat. Peregrine Falcons use skyscraper ledges and bridges to nest in the heart of our cities. On the other hand, glass and brightly lit buildings kill thousands of birds passing through Ohio every year. This illustrated program will explore the perils and possibilities for birds in the urban environment and how we can create more sustainable cities.

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Respect for Nature: An Intentional Ethical Stance Wed. April 10th, 2019
5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Philosopher Paul Taylor and naturalist Aldo Leopold have argued against a wholly instrumentalist view of nature, one where the value of nature and its inhabitants is entirely dependent upon nature’s ability to meet human needs and desires. This talk, by Dr. Allyson L. Robichaud, will focus on the works of Taylor and Leopold and the arguments each makes justifying the view that humans bear an ethical obligation to develop and sustain an attitude of respect for nature, and how doing so would promote positive changes for our environment. Attention will be paid to ways of advocating for attitudinal change as well as on the difficulties involved in bringing about change.

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Exploring Cleveland’s Hidden Waterways Sat. April 6th, 2019
1:00 pm-5:00 pm

The names Kingsbury Run and Walworth Run denote decayed Cleveland landscapes. In 1820, nevertheless, such areas sustained the city’s growth. Spring-fed streams gave clean water for drinking, brewing, refining and slaughtering. Yet as they also received noxious wastes from those activities, the runs became fouled. By 1900, all of Cleveland’s small waterways were buried as sewers and forgotten. Now, even as Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River are improved, the runs languish. The tour, lead by Roy Larick, Bluestone Heights, explores the city’s hidden waterways with an eye to history and restoration. We will consider the means to re-balance natural and human demands for our place.

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Spectacular American Desert Wed. April 3rd, 2019
7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Travel with Gale Franko and professional artist and photographer, Alan Studt as they take you on an incredible, and sometimes unpredictable, tour of the wild and vibrant Mojave Desert.

This event is sponsored by the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.

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Nature in Your Glass: The Drunken Botanist Wed. April 3rd, 2019
7:30 pm-8:30 pm

Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet?   In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries.  Of all the extraordinary and obscure plants that have been fermented and distilled, a few are dangerous, some are downright bizarre, and one is as ancient as dinosaurs—but each represents a unique cultural contribution to our global drinking traditions and our history. 

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Butterflies and Moths Tue. April 2nd, 2019
7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Join Judy Semroc, Naturalist, Cleveland Museum of Natural History for beautiful colors, gardening tips and interesting natural history information about the butterflies and moths that can be found in Ohio. Their benefits, from pollination to animal food sources, will encourage you to invite them into your yards and gardens!

This event is co-sponsored by Cuyahoga County Public Library and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

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Crooked River Conversation: Cleveland Author Kristin Ohlson Tue. April 2nd, 2019
5:00 pm-7:30 pm

Celebrate 50 years of Cuyahoga River rebirth! Author of the acclaimed The Soil Will Save Us, Kristin combines culinary and science in a tale of farmers and foodies who heal our soil and save our water. Includes riveting short films about family farmers, vintners and ranchers as part of Carbon Nation, the award-winning series by director and University of Arizona professor Peter Byck.

Following Kristin’s talk, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Peter Bode from the West Creek Conservancy.  The panelist include:

Justin Husher, Cuyahoga Soil &

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Map to Paradise (Australia, 2018, Danielle Ryan, James Sherwood) Sun. March 31st, 2019
6:30 pm-9:15 pm

If a ‘Map to Paradise’ existed, what would this map look like?

Come on a journey to discover what underwater paradise might look like and see that dreams do come true. Through a collection of character-driven sea tales, the birth of the global movement to protect the sea will unfold as a long and arduous quest. Travel from the underwater lands of ice and corals to the headquarters of the United Nations to be inspired by diverse ways of saving the sea from perils that threaten life itself. Finding paradise rests upon the dreams of individuals and nations,

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CIM Orchestra & Guest Conductor Andrew Grams Fri. March 29th, 2019
8:00 pm-10:00 pm

REPERTOIRE:

• BROUWER Remembrances (1996)
• PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16
• DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, “From the New World”

PERFORMED BY:

• Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra
• Gerhardt Zimmermann, guest conductor
• Sara Daneshpour, piano, student artist

This event is sponsored by the Cleveland Institute of Music and is free and open to the public.

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Map to Paradise (Australia, 2018, Danielle Ryan, James Sherwood) Fri. March 29th, 2019
3:15 pm-5:00 pm

If a ‘Map to Paradise’ existed, what would this map look like?

Come on a journey to discover what underwater paradise might look like and see that dreams do come true. Through a collection of character-driven sea tales, the birth of the global movement to protect the sea will unfold as a long and arduous quest. Travel from the underwater lands of ice and corals to the headquarters of the United Nations to be inspired by diverse ways of saving the sea from perils that threaten life itself. Finding paradise rests upon the dreams of individuals and nations,

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Map to Paradise (Australia, 2018, Danielle Ryan, James Sherwood) Thu. March 28th, 2019
11:45 am-1:30 pm

If a ‘Map to Paradise’ existed, what would this map look like?

Come on a journey to discover what underwater paradise might look like and see that dreams do come true. Through a collection of character-driven sea tales, the birth of the global movement to protect the sea will unfold as a long and arduous quest. Travel from the underwater lands of ice and corals to the headquarters of the United Nations to be inspired by diverse ways of saving the sea from perils that threaten life itself. Finding paradise rests upon the dreams of individuals and nations,

Continue reading… Map to Paradise (Australia, 2018, Danielle Ryan, James Sherwood)

Drawn to Yellowstone: The Role of Art in the Preservation of the American Landscape Wed. March 27th, 2019
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Throughout history, art has served as an agent of change. In the 19th and 20th centuries, several artists played significant roles in efforts to preserve the wildness of the American landscape as it was being lost rapidly. The emerging conservation movement of the late 1900’s was strongly influenced by the inspiration and agency of artists such as Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, and Frederic Edwin Church. Specifically, the story of the creation of Yellowstone, the world’s first national park, is inextricably rooted in the lives and works of several artists – most notably, William Henry Jackson and Thomas Moran. In his presentation,

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Is the Natural World All There Is? Wed. March 27th, 2019
7:00 pm-8:00 pm

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center at Cuyahoga Community College is pleased to welcome a pair of world-class scholars to our Eastern Campus for a dialogue on the question, “Is the natural world all there is?” Dr. Louise Antony, who will defend the affirmative position, is a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a former president of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association and the author or editor of numerous books and essays, including Philosophers without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life. Her interlocutor, Dr. Michael Rea,

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Film Screening and Discussion: INVISIBLE HAND Wed. March 27th, 2019
12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Invisible Hand, a documentary, focuses on a small town in Pennsylvania using local lawmaking regarding the rights of Nature to protect their community’s water supply. Film screening will be followed by a discussion.

This event is sponsored by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and is free and open to the public.

Click HERE to view the film trailer.

 

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Film Screening and Discussion: INVISIBLE HAND Wed. March 27th, 2019
6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Invisible Hand, a documentary, focuses on a small town in Pennsylvania using local lawmaking regarding the rights of Nature to protect their community’s water supply. Film screening will be followed by a discussion.

This event is sponsored by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and is free and open to the public.

Click HERE to view the film trailer.

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The Elephant in the Room: How Animal Agriculture Impacts Climate Change, Environmental Depletion, Health and Other Critical Issues of Our Time Tue. March 26th, 2019
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Presenters:
Nelli Johnson, JD
Jack McMillan, MSSA

We are all aware of, and deeply troubled by, the dire predictions of looming ecosystems collapse. We often feel powerless in the face of such an enormous crisis, all the while watching our governments continue to do little to address this urgent issue. Is there anything we ourselves can do to significantly mitigate climate change? The good news is yes there is. Animal agriculture is a leading driver behind climate change, biodiversity loss, rainforest destruction, species extinction, ocean depletion and acidification, waterways pollution, topsoil loss, and other critical environmental and societal issues facing us.

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Buddhism and the Natural World: Discerning an Environmental Imperative Mon. March 25th, 2019
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

In his talk, Mark Blum, Professor and Shinjo Ito Distinguished Chair in Japanese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, will first look at traditional views of the natural world in Indian, Chinese, and Japanese Buddhism, where nonhuman sentient life forms commonly appear as a legitimate voice in the unfolding of truth and the neutral view of nonsentient life and inorganic matter in India takes on greater spiritual significance as one moves eastward in Asia. Then the issue of ecology and environmental ethics will be considered in an attempt to clarify the efforts being made to infer an environmental imperative on the basis of Buddhist values.

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The Asian Carp Crisis and the Great Lakes  Mon. March 25th, 2019
12:00 pm-2:00 pm

In labs across the country and from the Louisiana bayous to the Illinois River and the streets of Chicago, an all-out war is taking place to halt the advancement of the invasive Asian Carp into the Great Lakes.  Andrew Reeves, author of Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis (March 2019) and environmental journalist Elizabeth Miller (IdeaStream) discuss the research, the resources, and the radical scientific and political shift that is needed to protect the Great Lakes and to restore our degraded rivers, streams, and waterways.

This event is sponsored by Cleveland Public Library and is free and open to the public.

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Genesis 2.0 (Switzerland/China/Russia/South Korea/USA, 2018, Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev) Sun. March 24th, 2019
8:00 pm-10:00 pm

This provocative and unsettling new documentary focuses on the hunters who harvest valuable tusks of long-dead woolly mammoths in the thawing permafrost of the remote New Siberian Islands. It also spotlights the Russian and Korean biologists who seek to clone this extinct animal, Jurassic Park-style, from the completely preserved carcasses that are occasionally discovered. “A double-stranded helix of a real-life thriller, chilling and unforgettable.” –The Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 112 min. www.genesis-two-point-zero.com/

This event is sponsored by The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque.

This is a ticketed event.  Tickets are $10; Cinematheque members,

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Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf (USA, 2017, Thomas Piper) Sun. March 24th, 2019
6:30 pm-8:30 pm

This popular documentary explores how Piet Oudolf, the revolutionary Dutch landscape designer of New York City’s High Line and Chicago’s Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, upends conventional notions of nature, public space, and beauty itself. DCP. 75 min. www.fiveseasonsmovie.com

This event is sponsored by The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque.

This is a ticketed event.  Tickets are $10; Cinematheque members, CIA/CSU/CWRU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $7.

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Genesis 2.0 (Switzerland/China/Russia/South Korea/USA, 2018, Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev) Sat. March 23rd, 2019
5:00 pm-7:00 pm

This provocative and unsettling new documentary focuses on the hunters who harvest valuable tusks of long-dead woolly mammoths in the thawing permafrost of the remote New Siberian Islands. It also spotlights the Russian and Korean biologists who seek to clone this extinct animal, Jurassic Park-style, from the completely preserved carcasses that are occasionally discovered. “A double-stranded helix of a real-life thriller, chilling and unforgettable.” –The Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 112 min. www.genesis-two-point-zero.com/

This event is sponsored by The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque.

This is a ticketed event.  Tickets are $10; Cinematheque members,

Continue reading… Genesis 2.0 (Switzerland/China/Russia/South Korea/USA, 2018, Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev)

Is Climate Change the End? And if so, the End of What? Fri. March 22nd, 2019
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Years ago, Bill McKibben suggested that climate change would be the end of nature. More recently, Elizabeth Kolbert has argued that the Sixth Extinction means the end of nature as we know it. Yet other scholars have argued that the term “nature” is not helpful—humans have always been modifying the world in which we live. And in The Collapse of Western Civilization, Erik Conway and Naomi Oreskes argue that liberal democracy is at stake as well. In her talk, Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, explores these issues, and suggest that however we look at it,

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ClimateKeys Performance Fri. March 22nd, 2019
7:30 pm-9:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN EVENT TIME!

Musicians and expert speakers unite to stimulate conversation about climate change.

Featuring:

a 35-minute performance by Halida Dinova, is an internationally-touring concert pianist

a 15 minute talk Dr. Kevin Mueller, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences at Cleveland State University

introductions and a moderated conversation by Dr. Alan Tartakoff is a Cell Biologist and Professor of Pathology at Case Western Reserve University.

This event is sponsored by Cleveland State University and is free and open to the public.

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Crossings: Crooked River Conversation on Culture and Immigration Fri. March 22nd, 2019
5:30 pm-8:30 pm

Presenters:

Jacqueline Gillon, Community Engagement Specialist, Western Reserve Land Conservancy

John Grabowski, Editor of the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History and Senior VP, Research and Publications, Western Reserve Historical Society

Marlys Randeau, Director, Lake Erie Native American Council

Joe Valencic, President, National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum

On July 22, 1796, Moses Cleaveland sailed from Lake Erie into the Cuyahoga River and founded a settlement that would bear his name. In the decades that followed others would come by water as migrants or immigrants to Cleveland.

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Where Are Environmental Ethics Today? A Report from Editing the “Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics” Fri. March 22nd, 2019
12:45 pm-1:30 pm

From the perspective of having co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics and becoming the President of the International Society for Environmental Ethics, Allen Thompson will discuss changes in the field, once a small and focused area of applied ethics, now engaging with issues central to the humanities and social sciences, even appearing in global climate governance discussions on a world stage. He will tour though several key issues and ideas discussed by some of the field’s lead practitioners today. This will set the stage for an open discussion about the role of environmental ethics in our growing awareness as we stand on the cusp of a new planetary epoch with deep uncertainties about the future of life on Earth.

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Changing the Politics of Earth: The Workshop Fri. March 22nd, 2019
8:30 am-4:30 pm

As part of the Cleveland Humanities Festival, Changing the Politics of Earth joins the Thursday evening, Mar. 21st, public facing panel of the same name with an all-day workshop in the environmental humanities open to the public, “fishbowl” style. Participants will be workshopping their current practical and theoretical work to generate insights and ideas, and the public may listen-in and, when possible, ask questions. If an interested member of the public, please RSVP to bendik-keymer@case.edu.

 

Participants include:

John Levy Barnard (College of Wooster, English)
David Beach (Cleveland, independent writer and activist,

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Panel Discussion: Changing the Politics of Earth Thu. March 21st, 2019
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Planetary-scaled environmental issues are the frame for environmentalism today.  They imply that we change how we think about politics.  From re-examining extractive fossil fuels, to questioning the economy of animal products, to re-organizing governance of Earth and modifying some of our central moral, spiritual, and political concepts, the politics of Earth is the context for thinking about nature today.

Moderated by Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, Elmer G. Beamer-Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics, panelists from the environmental humanities will discuss their work and take questions from the audience.

Panelists include:

John Levy Barnard (College of Wooster,

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Exploration and Illustration in the Art of Nature Thu. March 21st, 2019
4:00 pm-5:30 pm

Before digital cameras made it easy to capture a rare bird, the tools of observation were pencils and brushes; before Google Images, scientists and students turned first to the great works of scientific illustrations. William Claspy, Head of Kelvin Smith Library’s Special Collections and Archives, will give a broad overview of scientific illustration from the 16th through the 19th centuries, featuring works from the library’s collections. Examples of these items will be on hand to view in the Hatch Reading Room of Special Collections. Reception to follow.

This event is sponsored by Case Western Reserve University’s Kelvin Smith Library.

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Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith (UK, 2016, Stuart A. Staples) Thu. March 21st, 2019
6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Tindersticks, the alternative rock band that has scored six films for Claire Denis, provides new recorded music for a series of short, silent nature films made in the early 1900s by pioneering British naturalist and documentarian F. Percy Smith (1880-1945). Recently restored by the British Film Institute, Smith’s movies feature breathtaking, psychedelic time-lapse micro-cinematography of plants, insects, microbes, et al. DCP. 55 min. http://icarusfilms.com/if-minute

This event is sponsored by The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque.

This is a ticketed event.  Tickets are $10; Cinematheque members, CIA/CSU/CWRU I.D. holders, and those age 25 &

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My Path to Leadership: Ulyana Horodyskyj, Ph.D. Wed. March 20th, 2019
2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Padua Franciscan High School grad Ulyana Horodyskyj, Ph.D., is the founder and owner of Science in the Wild, an adventure citizen-science company that leads immersive and educational expeditions around the world. She is also a visiting assistant professor at Colorado College, teaching courses on climate and the environment.

At six years old, Horodyskyj saw her first mountains – the Swiss Alps – and was hooked. At 13, she completed a science fair project on space travel using solar sails instead of fuel, which earned her enough scholarship funding to attend college. Horodyskyj meshed her interests in the outdoors and science as a geology major at Rice University in Houston,

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COMPANY TOWN: A Documentary and Discussion about Environmental Injustice, Race and Power Mon. March 18th, 2019
6:30 pm-8:30 pm

What do you do when the company you work for and live near is making you sick? Company Town is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about environmental injustice, corporate accountability and community action in a rural Arkansas town. This chilling story reveals the egregious businesses practices of a company owned by the billionaire Koch brothers, government negligence and deregulation, and a devastating cancer cluster that galvanized a town to fight back. Janet Fiskio, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College, will introduce the film and lead a discussion with Karen B. Mulloy of the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health.

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50th Anniversary of the Cuyahoga River Fire Staged Reading Sun. March 17th, 2019
7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Join Lit Cleveland for the third-annual staged reading at the Cleveland Humanities Festival! On the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River Fire, professional actors will perform original work by Cleveland writers addressing the infamous fire, climate change, and other topics related to nature and the environment. The performance will last about one hour, and a reception with the actors and writers will follow.

This event is co-sponsored by Literary Cleveland, Cleveland State University and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and is free and open to the public.

This event is free and open to the public.

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50th Anniversary of the Cuyahoga River Fire Staged Reading Sat. March 16th, 2019
7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Join Lit Cleveland for the third-annual staged reading at the Cleveland Humanities Festival! On the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River Fire, professional actors will perform original work by Cleveland writers addressing the infamous fire, climate change, and other topics related to nature and the environment. The performance will last about one hour, and a reception with the actors and writers will follow.

This event is co-sponsored by Literary Cleveland, Cleveland State University and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and is free and open to the public.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Biocene: Beyond Evolution Fri. March 15th, 2019
7:00 pm-8:00 pm

This lecture is presented by Dr. Vikram Shyam, Principal Investigator, PeTaL/Nature-inspired Design, NASA Glenn Research Center.

Humans have used nature and emulated biology throughout our history. We look at the evolution of bionic design and the future it may forge. This future will mark the dawn of synthetic life, living machines, nature-inspired artificial intelligence and the emergence of humans as a solar system species, a species that figured out how to live sustainably and overcome the enormous challenges it faced. PeTaL, The Periodic Table of Life, is an attempt to usher in this future by using AI to systematically learn from nature and architect sustainable solutions to human problems.

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Butterflies and Moths Thu. March 14th, 2019
7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Join Judy Semroc, Naturalist, Cleveland Museum of Natural History for gardening tips and interesting natural history information about the butterflies and moths that can be found in Ohio.

Join Judy Semroc, Naturalist, Cleveland Museum of Natural History for beautiful colors, gardening tips and interesting natural history information about the butterflies and moths that can be found in Ohio. Their benefits, from pollination to animal food sources, will encourage you to invite them into your yards and gardens!

This event is co-sponsored by Cuyahoga County Public Library and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Introduction to Permaculture Thu. March 14th, 2019
7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Permaculture is the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. Learn how you can start to apply permaculture practices to your own garden.

Presenter: Jeff Mulbach

This event is sponsored by Cuyahoga County Public Library.

This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.

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Spectacular American Desert Tue. March 12th, 2019
7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Travel with Gale Franko and professional artist and photographer, Alan Studt as they take you on an incredible, and sometimes unpredictable, tour of the wild and vibrant Mojave Desert.

This event is sponsored by the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.

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Butterflies and Moths Mon. March 11th, 2019
11:30 am-1:00 pm

Join Judy Semroc, Naturalist, Cleveland Museum of Natural History for beautiful colors, gardening tips and interesting natural history information about the butterflies and moths that can be found in Ohio. Their benefits, from pollination to animal food sources, will encourage you to invite them into your yards and gardens!

This event is co-sponsored by Cuyahoga County Public Library and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

 

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Landscapes in Miniature at the Barrens Sun. March 10th, 2019
12:00 pm-4:00 pm

Instructors: Stanley Stine and Garrett Ormiston

The moss-covered sands of our North Kingsville Sand Barrens are landscapes in miniature. Join us for a closer look at these microhabitats, as we walk through the sand plains and forests of the Barrens. If snow is persistent, we will focus on winter tree ID and other nature observations.

This event is sponsored by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

This is a ticketed event.  Tickets can be purchased HERE.

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Film Screening: Freeway City  Sat. March 9th, 2019
2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Common Cleveland folklore points to the east side as disadvantaged due to a lack of convenient freeway access. But would shaving a few minutes from the daily commute be worth the cost of the Cedar Lee and Larchmere districts, Buckeye neighborhoods, historic homes, and the beloved Shaker Lakes? Re-visit the dramatic defeat of the east side freeways in the 1960’s as Mayor Carl Stokes struggled to govern a hollowing-out city and a fierce grassroots campaign to preserve the Shaker Lakes. A discussion with the film’s director will follow the screening.

This event is sponsored by Cleveland Public Library and is free and open to the public.

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Spectacular American Desert Mon. March 4th, 2019
7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Travel with Gale Franko and professional artist and photographer, Alan Studt as they take you on an incredible, and sometimes unpredictable, tour of the wild and vibrant Mojave Desert.

This event is sponsored by the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.

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Crooked Chronicles: Century of River Cleanup in Cuyahoga Valley Fri. March 1st, 2019
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

How was the Cuyahoga River transformed from a health hazard to the centerpiece of a national park? A panel of experts piece together the 100-year story within Cuyahoga Valley using historic photos, archival documents, and personal memories. Come join the discussion.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with drop-in tables about current environmental projects.

This event is sponsored by XTINGUISH, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, West Creek Conservancy, Ohio Humanities and League of Women Voters of the Akron Area.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

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