Sandra Steingraber, one of today’s most talented and influential environmental writers, will give a public lecture and book signing at Joliet Junior College on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012, at 6pm. This free event (register here) is an extraordinary opportunity to hear a gifted and inspiring speaker address the widespread use of toxic chemicals in our environment and their impact upon human health.
Steingraber is a native of Tazewell County in central Illinois who grew up along the Illinois River; a widely published poet/essayist, she holds a PhD in ecology. Like Rachel Carson’s writings in the 1950s and 60s, Steingraber’s books Living Downstream (1997 and 2011), Having Faith (2003), and Raising Elijah (2011) artfully communicate scientific concepts and ecological analysis in clear, compelling prose and thus rank as outstanding examples of environmental science writing. Now a full-time writer, speaker, and environmental activist, Steingraber’s essays are published in Orion magazine, the Huffington Post, and other prominent national publications. Her compelling personal story as a cancer survivor, scientist, parent, and activist are told in the 2010 documentary film Living Downstream.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Steingraber in her only appearance this spring in the Chicago region. The event is hosted by Joliet Junior College, the nation’s oldest community college, with additional sponsorship by the Sustainability Studies program at Roosevelt University and by Moraine Valley Community College.
When: Wednesday, May 9th, 6pm
Where: Joliet Junior College’s theater (click here for directions and a campus map)
Registration: Free and open to the public (register in advance here to reserve your seats)