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Teaching "The Story of More" Through the Block's Collection

More information available here.

The Block Museum is proud to partner with One Book, One Northwestern for a year of conversations and shared art. In The Story of More, the 2021–22 One Book selection, author Hope Jahren implores us to join the fight against climate change and illuminates some of the factors that led us to a crisis point. Jahren details how innovations in agriculture, farming, transportation, and the energy sector have led to greater efficiencies, but have also led to losses in biodiversity, extreme weather patterns, and rising oceans.

This selection of artworks —drawings, photographs, and prints— from The Block’s collection was inspired by the book, address humans’ impact on the planet, and offer a critique of common practices that edge us closer to a climate emergency. The Block Museum invites members of the Northwestern community and beyond to use these works as opportunities to connect to the themes of the text, whether they are used for private contemplation or as a springboard in discussion with others.

Fall Quarter

Wild Roots at the Student Organization Fair

Tuesday, September 21 and Wednesday, September 22 | 3:00-4:30 PM CDT and 3:00-6:00 PM CDT | More information available here.

Check out Wild Roots at the Student Organization Fair this Tuesday and Wednesday, online or in person!

Wild Roots is a student-directed garden which grows fresh produce for the Northwestern and Evanston communities using sustainable practices. Wild Roots serves the evolving educational and social needs of the Northwestern community by inspiring students to think critically about the food we eat and by starting conversations about sustainability, social justice, and our food system.

Sponsored by: Wild Roots

H2NOW Chicago Town Hall 

Monday, September 27 | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM CDT | Register here.

H2NOW Chicago is an innovative new tool for real-time water quality monitoring in the Chicago River. The H2NOW platform tests new sensing and analytic technologies to measure water quality parameters and communicate them with the public in real-time. Join us for this interactive session to learn about H2NOW Chicago, how to read and interpret the gauges, the complexities involved in monitoring water quality, and our goals for the future of the platform.

Sponsored by: Current 

Creating Real Change: A Path Forward - Final Capstone Discussion in the Global Sand Crisis Webinar Series

Tuesday, September 28 | 8:00-9:30 AM CDT | Register here.

Sand is the world’s most consumed raw material after water and an essential ingredient to our everyday lives. It is central for the construction of roads, bridges, and buildings. The material is also fundamental in the manufacturing of glass and silicon computer chips. Join global experts from science, engineering, industry, and public policy in a virtual dialogue on current and future trends in sand, infrastructure, and sustainability. The virtual series will explore the latest science, business, and policy perspectives on how increasing concern for reaching our climate and sustainable development goals will affect the demand, extraction, use, and governance of sand as a global resource. It will consist of a moderated discussion with keynote Vince Beiser, who will be joined by expert panelists from the prior sessions to discuss a path forward for research, policy, and practice.

Sponsored by: Institute for Sustainability and Energy, World Wildlife Fund  

Climates of Inequality: Conversation with Todd Miller

Wednesday, September 29 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM CDT | Register here.

Join the UIC Latino Cultural Center for a series of online presentations this Fall with environmental and climate justice advocates from across the country and abroad. Their work reveals frameworks and solutions that utilize a justice and equity lens integrating social and economic issues to address toxic pollution and combat the climate crisis. For this event, writer and journalist Todd Miller will help us connect the dots between climate change, displacement, and the border industrial complex and insists that it is time that we imagine something new. Miller is the author of Build Bridges, Not Walls; Empire of Boarders; Storming the Wall; and Border Patrol Nation. He has published articles in places ranging from the New York Times to In These Times and resides in Tucson, AZ.

Sponsored by: UIC

The Mura Indigenous and their fight to protect the Amazon from deforestation with Alexandra McNichols-Torroledo

Monday, October 4, 2021 | 12:00-1:30 PM CDT | Register here.

The Mura indigenous people from Brazil swore to drop the last drop of their blood to protect the Amazon rainforest from president Jair Bolsonaro and his environmental policies that have emboldened loggers, farmers, cattle ranchers and miners to strip and burn protected and unprotected indigenous land in the Amazon.  The destruction of the rainforest will release enormous quantities of greenhouse gasses with carbon dioxide emissions turning the rainforest into a savanna. We are only 5% away from reaching that point.  The ancestral Mura indigenous who fought and contained the Portuguese church and the conquistadores are now defending the Lungs of the Earth, the Amazon, their traditional territory from deforestation.

Sponsored by: Andean Cultures and Histories Working Group

Images in Climate Change: A Visual Storytelling Contest

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 until Sunday, October 24 | Dittmar Gallery Hours | More information available here.

Come view the photo contest submissions for the Images in Climate Change: A Visual Storytelling Contest posted in Northwestern’s Dittmar Gallery. Winners will be selected by the second week in October. People can vote for people's choice on Facebook.

Sponsored by: One Book One Northwestern

RxN Webinar Series: How Might We Align and Scale Green Infrastructure Efforts?

Wednesday, October 6 | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM CDT | Register here.

RxN seeks to amplify and propel efforts to expand implementation of NBS in the Chicago area through our new series of 75-minute webinars. In addition to inspiring action and innovation by featuring best practices and initiatives from beyond Chicago, the series strives to better coalesce and connect our local cohort around a joint vision for realizing the multitude of benefits NBS offer. Achieving the many benefits that green infrastructure provides in Chicago, at a meaningful scale, will only be achieved through greater alignment, innovation and collaboration. Featuring two guests with broad, well-informed, national perspectives, this session will explore topics relevant to creating a coherent, and collaborative, "Green Infrastructure Agenda" for scaling efforts in the Chicago region. Financing, maintenance, data and research among other topics, will be explored as we learn from examples elsewhere that are successfully scaling impact.

Sponsored by: Resilient by Nature

Leaving and Losing New Orleans

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM CDT | Register here.

Join us for a buffet dinner and discussion with Northwestern History professor, Leslie M. Harris. Harris left New Orleans behind at age 18. It's a city that has fascinated so many, but one where she felt she couldn't thrive.  Still, she had always imagined it would be there for her--until Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  What does it mean for a child to turn her back on her hometown? What does it mean for a nation to lose a city? Professor Harris will discuss what it means to lose your home due to the impact of a natural disaster. 

This is an in-person event and you must be vaccinated to attend. Please register here to reserve your seat for dinner. Space is limited.

Sponsored by: One Book One Northwestern, The Dittmar Gallery, History Department

Storytelling, Climate Justice, and Self-Determined Indigenous Futures

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | 6:00-7:00 PM CDT | Register here.

Professor Deborah McGregor delivers the Newberry Library's D'Arcy McNickle Distinguished Lecture and addresses Indigenous climate change futures that have been envisioned and generated by Elders, community knowledge holders, and the Indigenous Studies academic community.

Sponsored by: The Newberry Library

Climate Change Adaptation and Environmental Engineering: Evolving Practices and New Tools

Friday, October 8, 2021 | 10:00-10:50 AM CDT | Zoom Meeting ID: 831 6413 2346, Password: 252056

David A. Dzombak, AAEES 2021 Kappe Lecturer, Hamerschlag University Professor, Department Head, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University will examine the need and challenge of climate change projection in particular locations and the scale at which infrastructure engineering projects take place. Evolving practices and tools will be presented and demonstrated through some environmental engineering applications.

Sponsored by: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

American Indian Center 68th Annual Powwow

Friday, October 8 until Sunday, October 10, 2021 | Hours vary | Ticket information available here.

The American Indian Center – Chicago is proud to present their 68th Annual Powwow. Activities include intertribal dancing, art marketplace, native food, archery, and cultural presentations. 

Sponsored by: American Indian Center - Chicago

Evanston Farmer's Market

Saturday, October 9, 2021 | 7:30-1:00 PM CDT | More information available here.

Make your Saturday morning destination the Downtown Evanston Outdoor Farmers' Market. Support vendors, new and old, as they return for the 2021 market season.Look for Henry’s Farm stand and come to the screening of the documentary Seasons of Change On Henry’s Farm at McCormick Auditorium in Norris University Center. 

Sponsored by: One Book One Northwestern, ASG, Wild Roots

Wild Roots Garden Tour

Saturday, October 9 | 12:00 PM, 12:30 PM, or 3:00 PM CDT | Register here.

Members of Wild Roots Garden will give tours at the Norris University Center before and after the screening of Seasons of Change on Henry's Farm. Wild Roots is managed by undergraduate students in collaboration with Facilities Management.

Sponsored by: One Book One Northwestern, ASG, Wild Roots

Seasons of Change on Henry's Farm Film Screening

Saturday, October 9 | 1:00-3:00 PM CDT | Register here.

This timely documentary follows organic farmer Henry Brockman as he grapples with the future of farming on personal, generational and global levels. Talk back with Henry Brockman, his daughter Aozora (NU alumna), and filmmaker and RTVF faculty member Ines Sommer after the screening. Registration encouraged. 

Sponsored by: One Book One Northwestern, ASG, Wild Roots

Smart Great Lakes: Strategy, Implementation and Benefits

Tuesday, October 12 | 12:00-1:00 PM CDT | Register here.

Smart technologies show great promise for improving our ability to observe and predict the behavior of the Great Lakes. This panel discussion will address the needs, challenges and benefits of implementing the Common Strategy for Smart Great Lakes, which will be released by the Smart Great Lakes Initiative on October 1st. Panelists will discuss data collection and sharing in the context of Great Lakes climate change, water levels, ecosystems, algal blooms, and flooding. Perspectives will be provided on needs and benefits for Great Lakes cites and Indigenous communities.

Sponsored by: Northwestern Center for Water Research, Great Lakes Observing System, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

More at the Museum: Online Collection Talk

Thursday, October 14 | 12:30-1:00 PM CDT | Register here.

Join the Block Museum for a look at artworks from the collection that explore ideas of excess, consumption, and the environment, and offer an interdisciplinary perspective on the climate crisis. This online talk is led by Block staff and inspired by The Story of More by Hope Jahren, Northwestern University’s 2021-2022 One Book One Northwestern selection.

Sponsored by: The Block Museum in partnership with The Alumnae of Northwestern University

Protecting Our Planet One Pipeline at a Time

Sunday, October 17  | 2:00-4:00 PM CDT | Elliot Park, 1200 Lake Shore Blvd, Evanston | More information available here

Want to protect the water and the climate? Come join the movement to stop two tar sand pipeline expansions! Enbridge’s Line 3 crosses under the Mississippi, violates treaty rights, and is the climate equivalent of building 50 new coal plants. Their Line 5 is drilling under the straits of Mackinac in our very own Great Lakes. Hear speakers from the front lines, listen to music from Creative Artists and Activists in Service Together LIVE!, and learn how you can support the front-line Water Protectors. There will be an open mic at the end if anyone has music or poetry they would like to share. Bring a chair, a mask, and a friend. 

Sponsored by: Citizens Greener Evanston, Chicago Area Peace Action, and 350 Chicago.

Accelerating Commercialization of Sustainable Chemical Technologies

Thursday, October 21 | 1:00-2:00 PM CDT | In-person event: Technological Institute, Lecture Room 4 (M113), or Zoom link for this seminar:

Andrew Pasternak, Executive Director, GreenCentre Canada will give a talk on Accelerating Commercialization of Sustainable Chemical Technologies. GreenCentre’s mission is to accelerate promising chemistry solutions that advance both the economy and the environment in unison.

Sponsored by: ChBE/CESR seminar, Chemical and Biological Engineering Department

Plant Dye & Upcycling Workshop

Thursday, October 21 | 3:00-4:30 PM CDT | MCC Back Yard (Rain Location: MCC Front Porch) | Reserve your t-shirt here.

This DIY event will teach students how to use food scraps to dye their clothing and offer information on how upcycling serves as a queer ecological practice tied to sustainability. This workshop will be led by Jada Graves, who is part of the artist of color collective, TheJungleChi. Jada is a stylist and curator of vintage clothing and home goods for their online shop (@sailorjvintage), much of their inventory is upcycled by them.

All dye supplies will be provided by MSA, limited quantities and t-shirt sizes (small-3XL) will be available for students to participate in the tutorial.

Sponsored by: MSA

Thrifting 101 and Sustainability

Monday, October 25 | 5:00-6:00 PM CDT | Kresge 2325 | Zoom registration here.

This hybrid MSA event will introduce students to thrifting basics and how thrifting achieves sustainability through fashion. This workshop will be lead by Izzy J, who is a multi-disciplinary Chicago artist and creative director. There will be a personalized mystery box of clothing curated by Izzy that will be raffled off at the conclusion of the event.

Sponsored by: MSA

One Book Keynote: Hope Jahren

Thursday, October 28 | 5:00-6:00 PM CDT | Register here.

One Book One Northwestern is excited to invite the author of this year's common read, Professor Hope Jahren. She will be in conversation with Professor William Miller, One Book faculty chair, about her book The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here

Sponsored by: One Book One Northwestern

Symposium 2021 Technology, Policy, and Individual Actions: Three Approaches to Address Climate Change

Friday, October 29 | 8:45 AM-3:00 PM CDT | Register here.

A major objective of this event is to help engineering researchers place their energy- and climate-related research in the context of other drivers of change, as well as provide updates on the latest in technology development for addressing climate change.The symposium will begin with a keynote lecture by Karen Weigert, Executive Vice President, Slipstream. Followed by topical panels on Technology Advances, Just Energy and Climate Transitions, and Welcome to the Party: Why have companies come to care about climate change? The symposium will conclude with a Synthesis Panel.

Sponsored by: CESR, ISEN

“Anthro-obscene: What We Choose Not to See” Installation by Stefan Petranek

Friday, October 29 until Wednesday, December 8 | Dittmar Gallery Hours | More information available here.

This exhibition presents a selection of works from The Future is Broken, which addresses anxiety for the future of our planet. Seeking to create a dialog with the viewer about the true status of our beloved places, Stefan Petranek overlays climate science data onto landscapes of personal significance.

Sponsored by: Dittmar Gallery

Pumpkins, Pie, and Poetry

Wednesday, November 3 | 5:30-6:30 PM CDT | Wild Roots Garden (Norris South Lawn) | More information available here.

Join us for an open mic night with fall-themed treats and produce sourced by Wild Roots!

Sponsored by: Wild Roots, Helicon, One Book One Northwestern, ASG Sustainability Committee

Environmental Sustainability Through the Museum Lens

Thursday, November 4 | 4:30-5:30 PM CDT | Meet in the Modern Wing Griffin Court

Join Art Institute educator Giovanni Aloi for a tour inspired by themes from this year's One Book One Northwestern selection, The Story of More by Hope Jahren. Aloi is an author and curator specializing in the representation of nature in modern and contemporary art, and teaches art history and visual culture at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sponsored by: Art Institute of Chicago

Ancient Knowledge Future Wisdom

Thursday, November 4 | 5:00 PM CDT | TECH LR2 followed in TECH F Wing Atrium for social and food

Assistant Professor Isabel Rivera Collazo, UCSD and Scripps, will talk about Archaeological Perspectives of Caribbean Coastal Food and Habitat Security during Climate Crises. Registration required. 

Sponsored by: Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and the Program in Environmental Sciences

First Nations Film and Video Festival: Bawaadan Collective shorts

Saturday, November 6 | 1:00 PM CDT | More information available here. 

Block Cinema hosts a program of the First Nations Film and Video Festival, a longstanding Chicago Festival that advocates for the work of contemporary Indigenous-made cinema in its many forms, with curation by FNFVF’s director, Ernest M. Whiteman III, who will be in attendance. This program features a selection of short films by the Bawaadan Collective, self-described as “a group of like-minded Indigenous artisans and accomplices who are interested in continually developing our collaborative approaches to modern artistic, storytelling and film production processes.”

Sponsored by: The Block Museum of Art

What More? The Importance of Community and Time in Nature for Facing Climate Change and Building Constructive Hope

Tuesday, November 9 | 5:30 PM CDT | Register here.

Constructive hope is the capacity to acknowledge the hard facts about climate change yet still find meaning in taking action. The Story of More tells us how we got to climate change but says less about actions we can take. Louise Chawla, Professor Emerita in the Program in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado Boulder will talk about her research and about experiences that encourage constructive hope and effective action, including taking time to recharge in nature, building social trust, and working together in community. Registration required.

Sponsored by: One Book One Northwestern, Department of Anthropology

The State of Native America Panel Discussion

Tuesday, November 9 | 5:30 PM CDT | Medill Forum, McCormick Foundation | More information available here.

A panel discussion featuring Tom Arviso, editor of The Navajo Times, and Lori Edmo, editor of Sho-Ban News. Edmo and Arviso are the 2020 and 2021 recipients of the Native American Journalists Association/Medill Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Sponsored by: Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communication and Center for Native American and Indigenous Research

Native American Heritage Month Keynote Speaker: Dr. Warren Cardinal-McTeague

Wednesday, November 10 | 12:00 PM CDT | More information available here. 

Warren Cardinal-McTeague (Métis/Cree; he/him) is a Research Scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada working at the intersection of botanical and Indigenous research. This seminar will summarize his journey through science, starting with museums-based plant systematics and evolution and growing into an interdisciplinary program monitoring plant biodiversity and ecosystem function. Along the way, Warren began to question the colonial foundations inherent in his scientific practice and took steps to carefully incorporate Indigenous methodologies and worldviews into his work. His emerging research program hopes to further bridge Indigenous and western scientific perspectives in botany and biodiversity, primarily through the co-production of Indigenous-driven research questions, and by supporting Indigenous data sovereignty principles within biological collections. This special A. Watson Armour III Seminar Series is in conjunction with Field Museum’s Native American Heritage Month programming. Registration is required.

Sponsored by: The Field Museum

Sky Hopinka Lecture: Channeling Indigenous Histories

Wednesday, November 10 | 6:00-8:00 PM CDT | More information available here. 

The multidimensional work of artist Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) employs video, photography, music, and poetry as different pathways approaching Indigenous experience.

Sponsored by: The Block Museum of Art

Chicago Botanic Garden: One Book Trip

Saturday, November 13 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT | Chicago Botanic Garden, Transportation Provided | More information available here. 

One Book One Northwestern is sponsoring a trip to the Botanic Garden.  Please join WCAS Professor Amy Iler, Program of Plant Biology and Conservation and learn about her research on  the impact of climate change on plants and  see her lab. Explore the 385 acres of landscaped gardens displaying millions of plants & flowers in a variety of settings. Box lunch will be provided.

Only Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students may register. Registration required.

Space is limited.

Sponsored by: One Book One Northwestern, Program of Plant Biology and Conservation


Wednesday, November 17 | 7:00 PM CDT | More information available here. 

Plains Cree/Scots artist Thirza Cuthand explores queer sexuality, Indigenous identity, and forms of personal and collective crisis in her defiantly DIY videos, performances, and autobiographical writings. For this program, Cuthand will appear in person to introduce and discuss her "NDN Survival Trilogy,” a recent series of videos that address the impacts of colonialism, resource extraction, and climate change through the artist’s distinctly intimate and irreverent voice.

Sponsored by: The Block Museum of Art

Panel on Environmental Justice in Chicago

Thursday, November 18 | 7:00-8:30 PM CDT | Lake Room, Norris University Center 2nd Floor | More information available here. 

Northwestern Professor Douglas Kiel will moderate this environmental justice panel featuring representatives from Neighbors for Environmental Justice,Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL), and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). The one-hour long panel will be followed by a Q&A and an informal reception where you can enjoy refreshments while meeting our panelists and other attendees. 

Panelists: Alfredo Romo (Neighbors), Ab Weeks (SOUL), Jared Patton(CMAP)

Sponsored by: Northwestern University Associated Student Government (ASG) Sustainability Committee, One Book One Northwestern, SustainNU


Complete by Monday, November 22 | Take the survey here.

Given the importance of the topic of climate change, we are curious about the Northwestern community's interactions with everyday items and daily activities. This survey has a total of 10 questions with a prize opportunity at the end. This survey is meant to educate as much as it collects information. In addition to the survey itself, there will be an exhibit in the University Library's 1South study space using the results of this survey and giving more information on climate change. Please answer as honestly as possible. This survey is for Northwestern students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty, and staff. If you have any questions please send them to

Take the survey here.

Sponsored by: One Book One Northwestern