Join us for this second annual event, Symposium 2019, presented by the Institute for Human and Planetary Health at Doane University.

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Day 1

Friday, November 1 features keynotes and sessions on sustainable farming, self-reliant communities, renewable energy projects, the economics of food, energy, water, and health care, and more. See keynote speakers here. The full list of speakers and sessions will be announced soon.

Please join us in the evening for our Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction.

Day 2

Saturday, November 2 features a trio of community resilience workshops focused on local food and agricultural security, rural health, and funding opportunities for housing, infrastructure, and renewable energy. Learn more.

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Dr. Joshua Farley

Dr. Joshua Farley, Professor, Community Development and Applied Economics at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont will be speaking on the topic of Alternative Economic Systems.

Ted Genoways

Mr. Genoways follows a family through a year in the life of their farm, uncovering a perilous and noble way of life. Get an intimate look at small-scale farming, against the backdrop of a changing American socioeconomic and political landscape.


Amanda McKinney

Amanda McKinney
Executive Director of the Institute for Human and Planetary Health

Andrea Holmes

Andrea Holmes
Professor of Chemistry at Doane University and the Co-Founder of Precision Plant Molecules in Denver, Colorado

Dr. Ramesh Laungani

Dr. Ramesh Laungani
Associate Professor of Biology, Doane University

Jim Schalles

Jim Schalles
Founder, Tallgrass Vernacular

Joel Bramhall

Joel Bramhall
Director of Education, Myriad Gardens Foundation

Joshua Farley

Joshua Farley
Ecological economist, Professor in Community Development & Applied Economics

Kim Morrow

Kim Morrow
Senior Associate, Verdis Group

Ted Genoways

Ted Genoways
Acclaimed journalist and author of This Blessed Earth and The Chain

Zach Renshaw

Zach Renshaw
Chairman Climate Reality Project Campus Corps

Topics of interest include:
  • Sustainable agri-food systems: Developing food systems focused on the production of mostly plant foods, grown in a way that is regenerative for soil and water and with a smaller carbon footprint.
  • Water: Research and policy that protects and improves our sources of freshwater.
  • Resilience: Creating less energy intensive and more locally self-reliant communities. Education on how communities can prepare for climate change-related impacts.
  • Energy: Transitioning to sources of renewable energy and how we can use less overall.
  • Economics: Alternative economic systems such as the sharing and circular economies.

primary goal
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 communities related to food, energy, economic and water resilience.

Attendance is anticipated to reach 150 to 200 guests. The symposium will include opportunities for students to attend complimentary so they can present research and project-based work, receive extra credit, and participate in the Saturday workshops.


Friday, November 1st, 2019

Location: Heckman Auditorium

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration and Check-in
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Welcome
Amanda McKinney, Executive Director, IHPH
Land Dedication
Michelle Skywalker, Native Caucus
9:30 AM - 9:50 AM Climate Change in 15 words
Ramesh Laungani, Associate Professor of Biology, Doane University
9:55 AM - 10:15 AM A Viable, Sustainable, and Compliant Hemp Industry in Nebraska
Andrea Holmes, Professor of Chemistry at Doane University and the Co-Founder of Precision Plant Molecules in Denver, Colorado
10:20 AM - 10:35 AM Student Resilience and Fight for Ecological Justice
Zach Renshaw, Chairman Climate Reality Project Campus Corps, Doane University
10:35 AM - 10:50 AM Break
10:50 AM - 11:10 AM Climate Resiliency Planning in Two Great Plains Communities: Lessons Learned from Spearfish, SD and Lincoln, NE
Kim Morrow, Senior Associate, Verdis Group
11:15 AM - 11:35 AM Building with Earth (Strawbale, Adobe and Traditional Building Practices for the 21st Century)
Jim Schalles, Founder, Tallgrass Vernacular
11:40 AM - 12:00 PM Future-Focused Learning for Growing Self-Reliant Communities
Joel Bramhall, Director of Education, Myriad Gardens Foundation
12:00 PM - 12:10 PM Morning Takeaways
Amanda McKinney, Executive Director, IHPH
12:10 PM - 1:10 PM Lunch
1:10 PM - 1:20 PM Afternoon Overview
Amanda McKinney, Executive Director, IHPH
1:20 PM - 2:50 PM THIS BLESSED EARTH: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm
Ted Genoways, Writer
2:50 PM - 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Leverage Points for System Change: From Competition to Cooperation
Joshua Farley, Professor, University of Vermont
4:30 PM - 4:40 PM Thank You and Closing
Amanda McKinney, Executive Director, IHPH
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction
Join us at The Brew House in downtown Crete for an evening fundraiser featuring cocktails by guest mixologist Jake Hoy-Elswic, a concert by The Shineys, and a Silent Auction with sustainable, earth friendly goods.
*Tickets are $10. A separate registration is required. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.


Following Day 1 of the Symposium, join us on Day 2 by registering for one of the three IHPH hosted workshops including:

Local Food and Agricultural Security

Learn from experts in food security and agriculture about how communities can be more self-reliant around the production of food.

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All We Need Is Here

Discover what funding opportunities are available for individual entrepreneurs and communities for housing, infrastructure, and more.

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Rural and Community Health

Learn about resources available to promote health for both individuals and communities.

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The three Community Resilience Workshops will run in the morning from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, then repeat in the afternoon from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Lunch will be included in the price of the workshop.


Direction to the symposium

Symposium 2019 will take place in Heckman Auditorium at Doane
University, Crete, Nebraska.

Doane University
1014 Boswell Ave
Crete, NE 68333