The Institute for Human and Planetary Health at Doane University presents

Symposium 2018: “Building Resilience in the Anthropocene”

September 14 - 15, 2018

Cassel Open Air Theatre | Doane University
Join us for this inaugural event, Symposium 2018, presented by the Institute for Human and Planetary Health at Doane University. Attend keynotes, sessions, social events and more, as we focus on ways of building personal and community resilience around food, energy, water and economics in the face of anthropogenic climate change. Following the Symposium, you’re invited to register and attend the optional Permaculture Workshop which will take place Saturday afternoon.


Hear from experts.

Speakers will include:

  • Wallace J Nichols – author of Blue Mind which reveals "The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do"
  • Michael Bomford – a faculty member in the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. His work focuses on organic and sustainable agriculture systems suitable for adoption by small farms operating with limited resources.
  • HP Singh – A local expert in the economics and potential for electric vehicles to work with utilities to manage excess electricity developed from renewable energy. His talk will be titled "Nebraska's EV Future."
  • Aubrey Streit Krug – Director of Ecosphere Studies at The Land Institute, whose mission, in part, is to seek to develop an agriculture that will save soil from being lost or poisoned, while promoting a community life at once prosperous and enduring.
  • Tom Lenz – A fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine with a Master of Science in Anthropology who will be talking about the need for medical anthropologists in healthcare.

Raise Awareness

The primary goal for the symposium is to raise awareness about the serious threats that face humanity in the face of climate change and economic inequality and ways to build resilience around them. The symposium will seek participation from Nebraska and surrounding states including faculty from colleges and universities interested in the symposium subject matter; undergraduate students; individuals and leaders from organizations and groups related to food, energy, and water resilience. Attendance is anticipated to reach 100 to 150 guests. The symposium will include opportunities for students to present research and project-based work and a permaculture workshop on Saturday afternoon.


Look forward to two days of presentations at Symposium 2018: “Building Resilience in the Anthropocene”.

Friday, September 14, 2018

  • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm - Registration
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm - Welcome
  • 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm - Current Challenges in Water Quality in Agroecosystems - Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, PhD
  • 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm - Chronic Disease at the Roots: A Broad Vision for a Big Problem - Thomas L. Lenz, PharmD, FACLM
  • 3:15 pm - 3:30 pm - Afternoon Break
  • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Student Research Presentation
  • 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm - Keynote Presentation: Blue Mind - Dr. Wallace J. Nichols
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Book Signing: "Blue Mind", a New York Times Best Seller by author Wallace J. Nichols
  • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Dinner and Entertainment: Enjoy a picnic on the lawn with live music

Saturday, September 15, 2018

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am - Breakfast
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am - Green: It’s the New Green! - H.P. Singh
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am - C and N and P, oh my! - Agrogeochemistry in the Anthropocene - Michael Bomford, PhD
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Perennial Healing: Agriculture in the Ecosphere - Aubrey Streit Krug
  • 12:00 pm - Adjourn
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch for registered “Permaculture Workshop” attendees
  • 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Permaculture Workshop


Permaculture Workshop: Saturday, September 15, 12:00 - 5:00pm

Register for the inaugural Permaculture Workshop, focused on food security, land security and economic security. We’ll meet at noon for lunch, followed by a short video and discussion of permaculture principles, including their relevance in urban forestry. Following the discussion, we’ll break into groups and apply what we’ve learned by collaborating on real-world permaculture designs. One winning design will even come to life, right here at Doane University.