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Ashland, WI
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December 2017

Superior Connections Film Premiere

December 4, 2017, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI

In May of 2017, documentary film maker Paulette Moore traveled with the 10th generation of Superior Connections students as they traveled around Lake Superior. This will be the premiere showing of the film Moore created to document the students' journey around the Lake and the culmination of their Superior Connections curriculum.

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January 2018

Schanning: Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 2018, 9:00 am9:30 am
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
MLK quote

Kevin Schanning, professor of sociology, will welcome and pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Saetre: “Letter from the Birmingham Jail”

January 15, 2018, 9:30 am10:00 am
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
MLK quote

David Saetre will read "Letter from the Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Tochterman: “Fifth Avenue, Uptown”

January 15, 2018, 10:00 am10:30 am
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
MLK quote

Brian Tochterman will read "Fifth Avenue, Uptown" by James Baldwin.

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Selections from “Song of Solomon”

January 15, 2018, 10:30 am11:00 am
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
MLK quote

Alan Brew will read selections from "Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison.

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Indigenous Civil Rights

January 15, 2018, 11:00 am11:30 am
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
MLK quote

Katrina Werchouski will present on Indigenous Civil Rights at 11 am.

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“How to Talk to Young Black Boys about Trayvon Martin”

January 15, 2018, 11:30 am12:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
MLK quote

Andy Goyke will read "How to Talk to Young Black Boys about Trayvon Martin" by Toure.

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Readings/Poems from the Civil Rights Movement

January 15, 2018, 12:00 pm12:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
MLK quote

Daryle Tucker will read readings/poems from the Civil Rights Movement at 12 pm.

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A Year in the Wilderness

January 30, 2018, 7:00 pm8:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Amy and Dave Freeman during the Year in the Wilderness Expedition

In 2014 National Geographic named Dave and Amy Freeman Adventurers of the Year. The next year they embarked on a year-long adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to raise awareness about the threat posed by Twin Metals and other sulfide-ore copper mines being proposed near the BWCAW. In this presentation, they will share stories and insights from their year in the wilderness. Join us for a series of three lectures to celebrate 40 years of the Boundary Waters…

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The Wild & Overripe Analogy

January 31, 2018, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI

Or, The Scientific Virtues of Excess Everyone make analogies. But why? And what can we do with analogies that stray from a clear similarity to what they explain? Come hear Professor Theresa M. Kelley's view. Kelley is the Marjorie and Lorin Tiefenthaler Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sponsored by the A.D. and Mary Elizabeth Anderson Hulings Distinguished Chair in the Humanities

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February 2018

Sustaining Lake Superior: Climate Change and Our Future

February 8, 2018, 7:00 pm8:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Author Nancy Langston Photo

What can we do to protect Lake Superior from climate change in an era when state and federal politicians are eliminating sensible environmental protections? Lake Superior is the world’s largest freshwater lake—and also the world’s most quickly warming lake. But in the past year, instead of stronger environmental regulations to slow climate change and sustain clean water, we have seen concerted attacks on science, environment, and democracy. Climate change denier Scott Pruitt was put in charge of the Environmental Protection…

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Backcountry Film Festival

February 12, 2018, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI

The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival celebrates the human-powered winter experience through film. This film festival is produced each year as a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community. Immerse yourself in a night of films that capture the spirit of winter. Adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, ski culture—you’ll find it all in this award winning lineup. Funds raised at each screening stay in the local community to support human-powered recreation and conservation efforts, winter education and avalanche/safety programs…

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Wilderness Wrought by Man

February 13, 2018, 7:00 pm8:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
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Evan Larson

The pine forests of the Great Lakes Region, predominantly born from the ashes of past fires, embody the sense of wilderness so eloquently described by conservationists like Sigurd Olson and laid down in law by the 1964 Wilderness Act. In this talk, Evan Larson will explore the potentially important influences of people on the historical patterns of fire that created the pine forests we think of as wilderness today. Larson is a teacher, scientist, explorer, enthusiast of wild places, and…

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The Divine Spark Book Launch Event

February 26, 2018, 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
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The Divine Spark book cover

The Divine Spark: Personal Stories of LGBTQ Discovery is edited by Rev. Nancy Hanson, who serves as the pastor for Messiah Lutheran church in Washburn, WI and First Lutheran Church in Port Wing, WI. The Divine Spark represents a collection of stories from LGBTQ parishioners and others who answered the question: What would I say to someone who is gender non-conforming, or to another who is starting to notice their own same-gender attraction, upon hearing hateful comments? This book is to provide…

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Living a Modern Wilderness Life

February 27, 2018, 7:00 pm8:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Cori and Ryan Mattke

Wilderness has influenced Cori and Ryan Mattke’s relationship as a couple, their professional lives, and their approach to building a family. Part exploration of a sense of place, part manifesto on the power of wildness, Living a Modern Wilderness Life explores what it means to carry the wild with you. Cori Mattke is a graduate of Northland and is the former associate director of Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. Ryan Mattke is a map and geospatial information librarian at…

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March 2018

Whose Streets? Screening

March 1, 2018, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI

Whose Streets? is a documentary made by activists and leaders of the Ferguson Uprising. It tells the story of the community's fight after 18-year-old Mike Brown was killed.

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Art and Activism

March 21, 2018, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI

Artist and activist Susan Simensky Bietila will be joining us from Milwaukee, bringing stories and images from her life that involve using artistic expression as political activist protest.

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World Water Day Haiku Battle

March 22, 2018, 8:00 pm10:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
World Water Day

The Northland College Eco-reps invite you to celebrate World Water Day with a water-themed haiku battle. Bring your best haikus that fit the following categories: About the Lake, Water justice and Open-ended. There will be water-themed snacks, and we will be giving away water-themed prizes too for the best haikus, and watching a few favorite short documentaries! There will be a medium for water-based art as well, hope to see you there!

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Environmental Racism & Community Resistance

March 28, 2018, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
soei building campus

This event will feature two speakers: Jacqueline Patterson, the Director of the Climate and Environmental Justice Program at the NAACP, and Felina La Pointe of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. The speakers will discuss their role in activist campaigns against fossil fuel projects that negatively impact African American and Native American communities. They will also discuss how to build multiracial coalitions in support of clean energy that addresses disproportionate climate and pollution impacts in low-income communities…

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April 2018

Global Histories of Agriculture: Writing the Cosmopolitan Prairie

April 6, 2018, 4:00 pm5:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI

Although spacious skies and amber waves of grain are a permanent fixtures of American mythology, the landscape described by "America the Beautiful" was only twenty years old at the time the lyrics were composed.  How was a wild grass prairie refigured as a grain depot in such short order, and how do we explain the successes and failures of American agricultural development? Courtney Fullilove, professor of history at Wesleyan University, will discuss her recent book, The Profit of the Earth:…

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Society, Education, Infrastructure: Transforming 20th Century Institutions to Meet 21st Century Realities

April 11, 2018, 7:00 pm8:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI

This presentation uses the example of the UMD Land Lab, a thirty-acre experiential learning space for food, water, energy and biodiversity, to showcase the challenges and opportunities in the work of transforming public institutions that evolved across the 20th century as they meet 21st century realities. Drawing upon the literature and practice of institutional sustainability, we will summarize the movement from symbolic to substantive sustainability and suggest pathways forward for realizing a more holistic educational practice that is rooted in…

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Chasing Coral screening

April 20, 2018, 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Chasing Coral film preview

In celebration of Earth Day, there will be a showing of Chasing Coral, a documentary film about the impact of warming oceans on the world's coral reefs.  The event is being co-sponsored by the Bay Area Film Society and the Chequamegon Chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby.  Free admission, and the public is invited to attend.

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May 2018

Community Sharing Workshop

May 7, 2018, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI

Explore the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center and share information about Anishinaabe students who attended the school from 1879-1918. This event is being organized by Native American Studies Professor Emily Macgillivray.

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Cuba Today

May 10, 2018, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Gardening in Cuba

Lawrence and Noreen Woodward of Washburn will present photos and thoughts from a recent exploration of Cuba. The Woodwards, who were previously humanitarian volunteers in Latin America, will discuss travel restriction, accommodations within Cuba, Cuban-American relations, healthcare and education, food and agriculture, attitudes toward America and Americans, and the economy and environment.

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June 2018

“I Don’t Understand That Word”: Blood Quantum and Anishinaabe Conceptions of Identity

June 5, 2018, 7:00 pm8:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Jill Doerfler UMD Proffessor and Author

Join author and University of Minnesota Duluth Department of American Indian Studies professor Jill Doerfler for a discussion of Anishinaabe identity, including the use of blood quantum as a form of erasure of Anishinaabe identity, and connections to the forced assimilation of the boarding school era. Doerfler will also discuss her book Those Who Belong: Identity, Family, Blood, and Citizenship Among the White Earth Anishinaabeg. This event is a complement to the Northland College Native American Museum’s recent boarding school…

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September 2018

Peter Annin: Waukesha & Foxconn

September 28, 2018, 4:00 pm5:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Peter Annin, Great Lakes Water Wars, Lake Superior

A conversation with Peter Annin about the future of freshwater. Join Director of the Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation and Director of Environmental Communication Peter Annin for a pre-release event for the updated edition of the Great Lakes Water Wars. Peter invites attendees to learn more about current issues surrounding water policies and the future of fresh water. Books will be available for purchase. Help us plan appropriately by registering here.

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October 2018

Lost in Trans/lation: Permanence and Fluidity of Gender(s) in Antiquity

October 2, 2018, 2:30 pm4:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
soei building campus

Guest lecture by Dr. Julia Lillis, visiting assistant professor of religion at Luther College. This event is sponsored by the religious studies and gender & women's studies programs and the academic affairs office. Light refreshments provided.

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NCSA presents: V.V. Lightbody and Al Scorch

October 6, 2018, 7:30 pm10:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Al Scorch Band

Come to the year's first NCSA Hootenanny (formally called "CoffeeHaus")! In the cozy SOEI, V.V. Lightbody (member of the former project "Santah" and currently the lead vocalist in "Grandkids") will start off the set and will be followed by Al Scorch, who played a legendary folk fest set last year. Links to artists: https://vvlightbody.bandcamp.com/ http://www.alscorch.com/

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Burning Paradise: Screening & Q&A with Director Greg Rainoff

October 9, 2018, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Director Greg Rainoff and friend

Burning Paradise goes to the Sierra de Oaxaca to tell a story of carboneros —indigenous charcoal makers, who are slowly and reluctantly destroying their forests just to earn enough to eat. It is a window into the links between environmental devastation, Campesino marginalization, and out-migration. It's not data-driven, or academic. It doesn't make an argument. The thesis of the film simply is that migration for these people is an environmental issue, and so contrary to our rhetorical ideas of migrants…

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Farmer Panel & Discussion

October 10, 2018, 6:30 pm7:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Ashland farmers market

Learn about where Northland gets their food! Meet the people who supply us with veggies and more. Free and open to the public.

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Happy Hour Chat—What’s Next for Local Foods

October 12, 2018, 5:00 pm6:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Food in a basket

Join us for a casual happy hour of updates and conversation. Hear from regional local food colleagues about current projects and ideas for the future, and what’s next for local food in the Chequamegon Bay Region. Light snacks and tea will be served. Cash bar will be stocked with local beer and cider.

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Angela Stroud: Understanding without Caring

October 15, 2018, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI

How a Sociology Devoid of Social Justice Does More Harm than Good We are living in a moment when the term “Social Justice Warrior” is lobbed as an insult and college professors are being accused of indoctrinating our students to believe in a “liberal agenda.” How does a sociology informed by social justice respond? Angela Stroud is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Justice at Northland College. She received her PhD in sociology from the University of Texas in…

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Grey Wolves in Mongolia

October 15, 2018, 7:00 pm8:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Uuganbayar Ganbold

Changing Attitudes and Current Research Uuganbayar Ganbold is a biologist and anti-poaching protection manager for Hustai Nuruu National Park in Mongolia. He will be talking about his work in the park involving the grey wolf and public attitudes. Spanning over 506 sq. km, Khustain National Park was established in 1993 to protect Mongolia’s wild horse, the takhi, as well as the reserve’s steppe and forest-steppe environment. The HNP extends through the Khentii Mountains and includes the western edge of the…

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Paul Schue: The College as a Custodian of Non-Monetary Values

October 16, 2018, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Northland College history professor and students

An examination of the historical role of colleges and universities as repositories and custodians of cultural values, their relationship to capitalism, and the threats to higher education today. Paul Schue has taught World, European, and Middle East History at Northland College since 2001. He holds a doctorate in modern European history from the University of California, Irvine, as well as degrees in history from the Pennsylvania State University and Macalester College. His current research is on the history of the mind/body…

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Tim Doyle: Science, Truth, and Democracy

October 17, 2018, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Religion professor teaching a class

Associate Professor of Philosophy Tim Doyle will look at the ‘"post-truth" era, and at challenges to truth such as "postmodern relativism" and "alternative facts." He will detail why a robust conception of ‘correspondence truth’ is crucial for our democratic system, and will also look at how we might strengthen such a shared notion. Doyle earned a directed studies degree in philosophy from Northland College in 1984. Some years later he returned to school and received his MA from Free University…

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Nick Robertson: The Perplexing Plastics Problem

October 18, 2018, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Northland College chemistry class

What Is It, Where Does It Come From, and How Do We Fix It? Plastic is one of the most recognizable materials on the planet and has transformed the way we live. Yet most do not understand how it’s made and why it has the amazing properties it does. With a better understanding, our society will be equipped to minimize its damages. Robertson is an associate professor of chemistry. Nick did his undergraduate work at UW-Eau Claire, graduate work at…

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Wild and Scenic Rivers: An American Legacy

October 18, 2018, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI

Author and photographer Tim Palmer will share stories and photos from his book Wild and Scenic Rivers: An American Legacy. Published in 2017, Palmer’s book examines and celebrates the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which was established 50 years ago. Palmer is the author of 26 books about rivers, the environment, and adventure travel and has been involved in the Wild and Scenic Rivers system almost since its founding. See his work at www.timpalmer.org. River Series Continued: Corey Fisher,…

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Objects and Other Ideas: Thinking through the Material World

October 22, 2018, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Sarah Anne Carter

Sarah Anne Carter shares how to make meaning out of material things both through her work with museum interpretation at the Chipstone Foundation and her research into the forgotten history of Object Lessons. Sarah Anne Carter is the curator and director of research at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee. She has published, lectured, and taught courses on material culture, museum practice, and American cultural history. At Chipstone, Carter has collaboratively curated many innovative exhibitions, including Mrs. M.’s Cabinet, and directs…

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Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest Screening

October 23, 2018, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Mexican Gray Wolf

WOLF AWARENESS WEEK Kick off Wolf Awareness Week with this award-winning film about the Mexican gray wolf. Considered extinct nearly forty years ago, the little known Mexican gray wolf has slowly pulled back from the very brink—against all odds. From a founding population of just seven animals, this species has slowly grown to a current wild population of approximately 100, only to face a new threat from within: its own genetics. As part of a bold recovery mission, one lone…

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Wolf Management and Education Panel Discussion

October 25, 2018, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
wolf laying down

Erik Olson, Jeremy St. Arnold, Adrian Wydeven, Ron Schultz, Peter David, and John Oakleaf will participate in a panel discussion organized by the Timber Wolf Alliance. This discussion will cover topics such as Wisconsin wolf management, ecology, and myths. Each professional will discuss their education and job history so viewers can get a better understanding of how the panel participants got involved in the wolf field.

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Mexican Wolf Project: Two Decades of Successful Recovery Efforts

October 26, 2018, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Mexican gray wolf movie still

Keynote John Oakleaf will discuss the history of the Mexican gray wolf recovery program. This year marks the twenty-year anniversary of the program and is the theme of this year's Wolf Awareness Week. The Mexican wolf is the rarest subspecies of gray wolf in North America. Once common throughout portions of the southwestern United States, they were almost eliminated from the wild by the 1970s. In 1977, the US Fish and Wildlife Service initiated efforts to conserve the species. Now…

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Film Showing: Flirting with Danger

October 30, 2018, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
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One event on November 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
soei building campus

Northland Community Action Group will be showing the movie "Flirting with Danger," discussing consent and sexual health, and how to maintain that as a college student. Event is free and open to the public, bring your friends! Snacks provided.

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Open Mic and Pumpkin Decorating

October 30, 2018, 8:00 pm10:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Pumpkin

People are encouraged to bring any art, music, and/or literature to share. Pumpkins and decorating supplies will be provided, but people can bring any of their own materials as well. This event is free and open to the public.

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November 2018

Film Showing: Flirting with Danger

November 1, 2018, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
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One event on November 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
soei building campus

Northland Community Action Group will be showing the movie "Flirting with Danger," discussing consent and sexual health, and how to maintain that as a college student. Event is free and open to the public, bring your friends! Snacks provided.

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Beekeeper and award-winning author to speak

November 5, 2018, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Heather Swan in Beesuit

Author and beekeeper Heather Swan will read from her book Where Honeybees Thrive: Stories from the Field November 5 at 7 p.m. at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. Swan is the recipient of the 2017 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA), created in 1991 to honor the literary legacy of Sigurd Olson, by recognizing and encouraging contemporary writers who seek to carry on his tradition of nature writing. The writing award is presented annually to an author whose book best…

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“Harvest: Quyurciq” Film, Discussion, and Thanksgiving Potluck

November 6, 2018, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Northland College faculty and staff eat Thanksgiving together.

A documentary short film that portrays the subsistence harvest of sea otters by Alaska natives, a discussion following the film, and a potluck after!

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Forest Health in Eastern National Parks

November 7, 2018, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Forest Lodge Woods

Current Condition and Future Concerns Dr. Kate Miller is a plant ecologist with the National Park Service’s Inventory and Monitoring Program and leads long-term forest monitoring in twenty national parks from Virginia to Maine. In this presentation, Kate will provide an overview of how park management recommendations and approaches have changed over the last ten to fifteen years as better data have become available and in response to climate change. She will also highlight what we have learned from twelve-plus…

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Confronting Collapse

November 12, 2018, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
soei building campus

A Roundtable & Community Discussion "Without realizing it, the individual composes his life according to the laws of beauty even in times of greatest distress." - Milan Kundera Several studies detailing imminent environmental and social collapse have been published recently. Panelists will briefly discuss historical examples, philosophical and religious underpinnings, and their sense of how communities have anticipated and attempted to weather catastrophes in the past. They will then lead a community discussion about what place the humanities, social sciences,…

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Mushroom Mythologies

November 27, 2018, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
soei building campus

Local mycology enthusiast, Sonia Horowitz, is a forager, textile artist, gardener, animal keeper, and mother. She specializes in fungi but is well versed in the plants and animals of home and forest. Another of Sonia's passions is cultural history as she believes that there is much to learn from the past that can be applied not only to homesteading, but to our interactions with the land and with each other. This talk will bring together both information on Fungi and…

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December 2018

Women and the Assertiveness Trap

December 6, 2018, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Northland College Professor Elizabeth Andre with students in a voyageur canoe

Strategies for female-identifying people and allies Female-identifying people face a double-bind in leadership positions—if they are passive, they are often ignored or considered to be a poor leader. If they are assertive, they are often considered to be domineering and abrasive. Male-identifying allies often have the most power to improve group culture to open spaces for women to lead in ways that are less-constrained by gendered expectations. Women can also experiment with strategies to navigate this difficult terrain. After summarizing…

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An Evening of Poetry!

December 10, 2018, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
heart in a book

The Readers: The Students of WRI 362-- Creative Writing: Poetry Kyle Antholt Allie Bayne Chris Croll Sydney Gering Kyle Hensel Tommy Lewis Sadye McCloud Danielle Nepstad Savvy Prunty Aidan Reilly Kyra Thornley Frank Dolence Joel Glickman Refreshments to follow.

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Fiction Reading

December 11, 2018, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Samuel Johnson quote

Creative work to be read by: Coal Gass Paige Heidrick Andrew Hofer Michaela Jurewicz Aidan Reilly Patrick Shea Ella Shively Katheryn Simpson Sierra Watson Refreshments will be provided.

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January 2019

Conserving America’s Trout Waters

January 29, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Corey Fischer

A River Calling Northland alum Corey Fisher will explore his life-long connection with moving water and how this affinity has evolved into a career with Trout Unlimited, working with hunters and anglers to safeguard the places trout call home. Corey Fisher lives in Missoula, Montana, with his wife Cheryl, and their dog Blue. He works for Trout Unlimited, advocating for public land management policies that conserve fish and wildlife habitat. When not in the mountains backpacking, hunting, casting flies to…

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February 2019

Immigration Policy at a Crossroads

February 14, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
soei building campus

Do Merit-Based Systems Lead to Better Economic Outcomes? Inspired by recent policy considerations about immigration, Jennifer Kuklenski will provide a researched-based analysis on the impact of merit-based immigration systems of immigrant economic integration in OECD countries. Jennifer Kuklenski is a full-time instructor of business and sustainable community development. She is currently completing her PhD., specializing in economic development, at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a Senior Fellow with the organization Humanity in Action, through which she published the…

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On the River with Henry Thoreau: or, Liquid Thoughts for Hot Times

February 19, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Daegan Miller

We know Henry David Thoreau today as a cantankerous nature writer, but in his own time and place he was also known as the Town of Concord's best surveyor. In 1859, on the cusp of the Civil War, he surveyed the Concord River and drew up an enormous seven-foot map of its flowage. This talk considers Thoreau's river map, the ethics it plots, and how Thoreau's surveying can help us navigate the perils of the Anthropocene. Daegan Miller is a…

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Backwoods Ski Workshop Part I

February 21, 4:30 pm5:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
backwoods skiing cross county

Every winter, snow turns summer hiking trails and unplowed roads into enticing corridors for adventure and exploration of backwoods' wonders. This two-part workshop will prepare you to explore these wonders on skis by providing practical information about equipment, safety, and backwoods locations, as well as an opportunity to make your first excursion with an experienced guide. Part 1: February 21 from 4:30 to 5:30, focuses on equipment, safety, and backwoods locations in the Chequamegon Bay region. Open to all, no…

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March 2019

Deep Adaptation: Living with Flooding

March 18, 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Deep Adaptation: Living with Flooding panel

Recent floods in the Chequamegon Bay make clear that climate change is not something that is coming, it’s something that many of us are already dealing with. What have people been experiencing, what can we expect, and how will we respond? You’re invited to a public panel and community discussion that is part of an ongoing series on climate change adaptation and community resilience. Todd Rothe, owner of River Road Farm and manager of the Hulings Rice Food Center at…

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Movie Night: 180 Degrees South

March 29, 7:00 pm10:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
movie still from 180 degrees south

The Student Outdoor Educators Conference welcomes you to attend their film screening of 180 Degrees South: Conquerors of the Useless. This adventure documentary focuses on the journey of Jeff Johnson as he travels from California to Patagonia. The film emulates the 1968 trip made by Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia, but rather than by land, Jeff Johnson travels by sea from Mexico and south along the west coast of Chile.

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April 2019

Wisconsin’s Fish are in Hot Water

April 2, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
NorthlandCollege-FlyFishing

Facts from Retired DNR Fisheries Biologist Frank Pratt Wisconsin's waterways are warming creating a troubling situation for many of the local fish species. Frank Pratt will share the results of thirty-eight years of research on our rivers, streams, and lakes to help us understand what is already currently happening and what that means for the future. A discussion will follow. The love for fish and fishing unites people from all walks of life, cultures and the political spectrum in our…

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Letters From a Disappearing World with Paul Bogard

April 2, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Disappearing Earth

Reconciling Love and Fear in an Age of Climate Disruption Join author (and former Northland prof) Paul Bogard as he talks about his newest book project Letters from a Disappearing World. Inspired by the news that he would become a father for the first time, this new book asks the question that so many of us are asking: how do we reconcile our love for the natural world with our fear/anxiety/sadness (and other emotions) about how climate change is impacting--and…

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Making Connections for Conservation

April 4, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Connections for Conservation

Aldo Leopold, Sigurd Olson, Walt Bresette, and You In these times of rapid social and environmental change, it is especially important that we take time to consider the conservation connections in our history, and that we will need to make for the future. In the north country, we are fortunate to be heirs to the legacies of Leopold, Olson, Bressette, and so many more. Now the time has come for a new generation to build upon those legacies and to…

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Fiction Reading

April 15, 7:00 pm8:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
soei building campus

Students from Timothy Ziegenhagen's Seminar in Fiction Writing class will be reading pieces they've written. Students: Megan Mader Kelsie Shields Kyle Antholt Sarah Krause Zachary Coulson Savvy Prunty Aidan Reilly

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May 2019

Peter Mayer in Concert

May 4, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Peter Mayer

Singer and songwriter Peter Mayer will be performing on campus. Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of "folk," and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself. The event is open to the public and free of charge to attend (free will donations…

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John Gargano: Lecture

May 14, 6:00 pm7:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Ceramic sculpture by artist John Gargano

Join Van Evera Visiting Artist John Gargano for a talk about his art and influences and an art demo at Salmagundi in downtown Ashland. John Gargano is a ceramic sculptor and professor in the department of visual arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has exhibited his work at museums and galleries in fifteen states and received awards, grants and artist fellowships in Ohio and Louisiana. Professor Gargano earned a BFA with honors from the Center for Creative…

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September 2019

Craig Childs & the Epic North

September 19, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Craig Childs

Craig Childs will be accepting his third Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award for his book Atlas of a Lost World. Rather than a traditional reading, Craig, a desert traveler, will reflect on his harsh and exquisite experiences in our northern lake country. Collaborating with local musicians Dag Bystrom and Andy Noyes, the evening's presentation will be a mix of science, spoken word, and musical accompaniment—a form of storytelling theater. Childs has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books,…

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October 2019

First Friday Dance

October 4, 7:00 pm10:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until April 3, 2020

Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
First Friday

First Friday Dances are a long-standing tradition at Northland, offered by the Northland College Student Association for the Ashland Community. Join us to square dance the night away with a live band and a caller. Beginner and kids dancing will be at 7 pm and adult dancing will begin at 8 pm.

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An Evening with Linda LeGarde Grover

October 9, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI

Professor Grover will read from her most recent novel, In the Night of Memory (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), followed by a Q&A period. Linda LeGarde Grover is a professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe. Her novel, The Road Back to Sweetgrass (Minnesota, 2014), received the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Fiction Award as well as the Native Writers Circle of the Americas First…

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Chequamegon Bay Environmental Youth Council

October 12, 10:00 am1:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Campus

Chequamegon Bay area youth coming together with other students in the region to meet and take action for the issues you are passionate about. What is the purpose? Empower: Create a safe place for youth to express concerns and care for the world through expression that is unique to their interest Engage: Celebrate the natural beauty of the Chequamegon Bay region Educate: Provide skills and education for meeting the issues of the 21stcentury Express: Take meaningful action Who should come?…

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