Upcoming Events
 

Building Healthy Economies and Sustainable Communities from the Bottom Up
7 pm January 19
The Commons

Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
The Hidden City: Landscape, Urban Design, and the Microbial Universe
7 pm February 8 
The Commons

Science on Tap
With Ben Sikes
Free State Brewing
7:30 pm Feb. 15

Winter Table 2016: 
An exlusive orithological evening
for museum members
6:30 pm Feb. 23
$50 per person
(Tickets and information coming soon)

 

Building Healthy Economies

Building Healthy Economies and Sustainable Communities from the Bottom Up
Anthony Flaccavento, Organic Farmer, Food Systems Consultant, Author
7 pm Thursday, January 19
The Commons

Organic farmer, consultant and author Anthony Flaccavento will lead a discussion of his recently released book, Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real World Experience for Transformative Change, which features more than 30 examples of communities that are building just and sustainable economies.

Flaccavento has been farming for 23 years in the Appalachian region of Virginia, and working on sustainable economic development for more than three decades. His consulting firm, SCALE, Inc, works with communities around the world to build healthier food systems and stronger, more diverse local economies, including projects in Lawrence and northeastern Kansas. His work has been featured in many publications, including The Nation, Huffington Post, and Solutions Journal. More information about this event is on The Commons website. 

 

Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
The Hidden City: Landscape, Urban Design, and the Microbial Universe
Jessica Green, TED Senior Fellow, Architectural Biologist
7 pm February 8 
Green is a world renowned scientist inspiring people to think about bacteria in entirely new ways. An Alec and Kay Keith Professor of Biology at the University of Oregon and professor at the Santa Fe Institute, Green is helping us see how the microbial blueprint of our bodies, homes, cities, and forests impacts our world, and our future. She envisions a future for urban design that promotes sustainability, human health, and well-being.

Green is currently spearheading efforts to model urban spaces as complex ecosystems that house trillions of diverse microorganisms interacting with each other, with humans, and with their environment. She calls it the “built environment microbiome.” As founding director of the Biology and the Built Environment (BioBE) Center, she is working with architects and engineers to advance our understanding of how microbial communities assemble, interact, evolve, and influence public health. 

More information about this event is on The Commons website.