College of DuPage presents 'Nature' at Humanities Festival March 3-4

  • College of DuPage will host "Nature," a humanities festival, on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 3-4.

    College of DuPage will host "Nature," a humanities festival, on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 3-4. Courtesy of College of DuPage

Submitted by COD News Bureau
Updated 2/13/2020 8:51 PM

Explore questions of nature and how we exist in, through, and perhaps beyond the natural world at "Nature," a humanities festival at College of DuPage, on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 3-4, at the college's Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.

The two-day festival features lectures and presentations from college faculty, instructors and staff from a vast array of disciplines. All events are free and open to the public.


View a full list of events.

The festival opens at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Student Resource Center, Room 2201 with "Mindfulness of Nature," a presentation from COD Mental Health Counselor Dennis Emano.

Subsequent sessions throughout the festival include:

• March 3: "The Nature of Peace: Thich Nhat Hanh's Mindfulness Practices and His Poetry" by Robert William Dixon-Kolar from 10 to 10:50 a.m.; "Climate Cinema: Change and Crisis on Screen" by Brian Brems from 11 to 11:50 a.m.; "Connecting with Nature through Forest Bathing" by Linda Karlen from 12:15 to 12:50 p.m.; "How Wilderness Preservation Harms Developing Nations" by Jonathan Parson from 1 to 1:50 p.m.; and "The Incredible, Invisible You" by Peter Kanetis from 2 to 2:50 p.m.

• March 4: "On Nature and Freedom: From Rousseau to Marx" by Josh Price from 10 to 10:50 a.m.; "Second Nature: Captivity and Zoo Aesthetics" by David Ouellette from 11 to 11:50 a.m.; "The Monarchs of Pilsen" by Tim Arroyo from 1 to 1:50 p.m.; and "Wanderlust: Seeking Unity with Nature" by Miglena Nikolova from 2 to 2:50 p.m.

Additional programming includes a screening of the documentary "Virunga Congo" as part of the college's Global Flicks movie series at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Belushi Performance Hall at the McAninch Arts Center.

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On March 3, the Humanities Fest is partnering with The Asia Symposium which will offer additional programing in SRC 2000 from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Later in the month, artist and lecturer Mary Mattingly will discuss issues of sustainability, climate change and displacement as part of the Visiting Artist Series at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in Belushi Performing Hall.

For more information about the festival, contact COD Humanities Assistant Professor Adam Fotos at (630) 942-3167 or at

To see the complete schedule, visit

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