Dear Earth Talk
From Farm to Table: The Bees’ Perspective
Sunday, July 28, 2-3 p.m.
$5 Members / $10 Non Members
What is happening to our bees? Join renowned Chicago entomologist Allen Lawrance from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and moderator Julie Ritchey, Executive Director of Filament Theatre, to learn about the state of our local pollinators, their impact on food systems, and how you can help.
Allen Lawrance received his MS in Entomology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and serves as the Associate Curator of Entomology at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. In this role Allen manages the tropical butterflies within the museum's Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, serves as Assistant Director of the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network, and implements the museum's butterfly conservation projects.
Julie Ritchey is a Chicago-based theater director and administrator with a primary focus on theater for young audiences. Her work breaks walls between actors and audiences through storytelling, music, dynamic performer/audience relationships and innovative site-specific projects. Critics describe Julie’s work as a director as “pinpoint” (Chicago Tribune), “captivating” (Chicago Reader) and “incredibly imaginative” (Time Out Chicago). Brushwood Center and Filament Theatre are currently collaborating on a visual and performing arts series for children in North Chicago, Waukegan, Round Lake, and Highwood about the importance of pollinators.
Dear Earth is a series of moderated conversations featuring luminaries in art and science to catalyze action for nature. Our topics have spanned a wide range of environmental and artistic media, from the history of Potawatomi people in oak ecosystems, to the power of nature to inspire and heal combat vets. Our Dear Earth series was inspired by Sibylle Szaggars Redford’s 2018 performance of The Way of the Rain – Voices of Hope for Brushwood Center, which she described as a “love letter to Mother Earth.” Sibylle and her husband Robert Redford were 2018 honorees at Brushwood Center’s Smith Nature Symposium and Benefit.