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Upcoming Sunday Programs
• Josh Schonwald, award-winning journalist known for his reporting on lab-grown meat, speaks Sunday, March 16th, on “The Future of Food: A Tasting Menu.” Schonwald will speculate on what we’re likely to be eating in the future. He will explore the people, trends, and technologies that are shaping our meals to come.
• Barbara Jones, Director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom and Executive Director of the Freedom to Read Foundation, speaks Sunday, March 23rd, on “What Is a Banned Book? Who Decides?” Jones will point to the ALA's latest "Top Ten List of Challenged Books” and charge that the use of software to filter content in libraries is an insidious form of censorship.
• Marius Stan, a senior scientist at the Nuclear Engineering division at Argonne National Laboratory, and an actor best known for his role Bogdan Wolynetz in the television series Breaking Bad, speaks Sunday, March 30th, on “Science and Cinema.” Calling both scientists and movie makers creators driven by curiosity, Stan will discuss how, though using vastly different methods, they are passionate communicators of ideas and emotions. The interplay between cinema and science will be illustrated by clips from movies and computer simulations.
• Gail Hecht, professor of medicine and chief of gastroenterology at Loyola University, speaks Sunday, April 6th, on “Power of the Microbiome: How Our Gut Bacteria Keep Us Healthy.” Hecht will describe the co-evolution of our bodies and the trillions of bacteria in our intestinal tract. She will discuss how this symbiosis extends human metabolic and physiologic capacity and keeps us healthy.
• Benjamin Goluboff, professor of English at Lake Forest College, speaks Sunday, April 13th, on “American Environmental Writing: A Literary Tradition.” Goluboff will discuss how modern writers on the outdoors such as Aldo Leopold, Wallace Stegner, and Annie Dillard have found meaning in the writings of their 19th Century predecessors Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
• Our Annual Spring Festival is on Sunday, April 20th, at 10:30 a.m. Led by Tom Hoeppner and Sharon Appelquist, we'll celebrate Earth Day and the seasonal renewal of life. Our Sunday School children will display their musical talents and present a short play, and give us colorful spring flowers in hand-painted pots for planting in our home gardens.
• John Edel, founder and Executive Director of The Plant, an organization devoted to urban farming, speaks Sunday, April 27th, on “Future Farming in Our Cities.” Edel will describe how he is using biomimicry and aquaponics in an old industrial building in Chicago to create a vertical farm. He will discuss how he is creating jobs, fostering local food businesses, and reusing the wastes of neighboring industries to generate power.