BSU spotlights women leaders in environmental stewardship

The women’s studies and gender studies programs at Bemidji State University are continuing their recognition of Women’s History Month with a Women and Environmental Stewardship Week, beginning March 17.

The presentation series will feature a different woman each day discussing concepts related to the environment and environmental stewardship. The panels will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Crying Wolf Room in BSU’s lower Hobson Memorial Union and are open free to the public. Refreshments will be available.

Monday, March 17
Colleen Bakken, adjunct instructor in English, will lead a discussion on food sustainability and the benefits of eating food grown locally and seasonally entitled “Food Security.”

Tuesday, March 18
A BSU student panel will discuss local initiatives related to environmental stewardship.

Wednesday, March 19
Simone Senogles with the Indigenous Environmental Network will discuss the network’s efforts on both the local and global scales and how women in the network are working for change in a presentation entitled “Glocal IEN Efforts.”

Thursday, March 20
A Bemidji State faculty panel of Josefina Li, faculty member in economics; Carolyn Townsend, associate professor of nursing; and Denise Meijer, assistant professor of nursing will present a variety of global issues at a panel entitled “Faculty Global Research Panel.” Li will discuss environmental issues related to population and economics in China; Townsend will share research on how vaccinations relate to the environment and global health; and Meijer will share insights into the ways water storage, food security and improved health affect African women and environmental stewardship.

Women’s History Month Film Screenings
BSU is also holding free film screenings at 7 p.m., March 20-21, in Hagg-Sauer 100. Free popcorn will be available.

• March 20: Living Downstream
• March 21: The Last Atomic Bomb.

Dr. Carla Norris-Raynbird, assistant professor of women’s studies, gender studies and sociology; (218) 755-2828

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Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling nearly 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding.
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