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Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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by Cook County Forest Preserve


Join renowned scholars for a deep dive into the forest preserves’ next century

The next 100 years will likely challenge some long-held notions of what it means to conserve nature. On February 13, panelists Benjamin Barber and Julian Agyeman, moderated by To the Best of Our Knowledge public radio producer Steve Paulson, will explore provocative ideas at the nexus of nature, climate change, local governance and social justice.

The Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Center for Humans and Nature invite the public to this free event:

Conserving Nature for the Next 100 Years

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Venue SIX10 | Spertus Institute

610 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605
2:30 – 3 pm | Check-in

3 – 5 pm | Speaking program and panel discussion
5 – 6 pm | Book signing

Registration is required:

Can’t be there? Follow the discussion on Twitter at #fp100.

This event is being held in honor of the recently released Next Century Conservation Plan, the Forest Preserves' vision for the next 100 years. Forest Preserves President Toni Preckwinkle will give opening remarks, and General Superintendent Arnold Randall will discuss the Forest Preserves' centennial efforts to improve the health of our native habitats and inspire new audiences to enjoy the preserves.

The featured panelists, senior scholars with the Center for Humans and Nature, will speak about ideas critical to the future of our urban wilderness.

Benjamin Barber, an internationally renowned political theorist, will discuss the question: “Can democracy in crisis deal with the climatic crisis?

Julian Agyeman, an environmental social scientist and professor, will consider: “How is nature critical to a 21st century urban ethic?

For more information about the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visit

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