Shifting Sands

Lee Botts and Pat Wisniewski/2016/57 min/Conservation

FILM DESCRIPTION: Shifting Sands tells the story about how our beloved Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore came to be. It’s one of the most unique ecological marvels of the world, and certainly one of the most studied landscapes in America. Not too long ago, its natural wonders were almost lost because its location also attracted some of the most powerful industrial companies, turning the Dunes into one of the most polluted regions of the country. Through the passionate work of ordinary citizens, the rejuvenation of the Dunes eventually led to game-changing environmental policies with worldwide impact and unique partnerships on the path to a more sustainable world. 

Thursday, Feb. 15, 7 to 9 p.m. [South]
Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Ave., Room 200, Whiting, IN

After the film, engage in a rich discussion with Shifting Sands filmmaker Patricia Wisniewski, Shifting Sands author Dr. Kenneth Schoon and Michael Puente of WBEZ. Leave with ideas for actions to take related to conservation. Facilitator: Terry Bergdall of DePaul University.

Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue.

Friday, Feb. 16, 3 to 5 p.m. [South]
U. of Chicago, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago

Post Film Discussion
Host/Facilitator: Dr. Barbara Wilson, Director, Collaboration and Community Partnerships, Prebytery of Chicago. Panelists:

  • Dr. Sarah Fredericks, Assistant Professor of Environmental Ethics, University of Chicago Divinity School;
  • Rev. Brian Sauder, Executive Director, Faith in Place;
  • Dr. Barbara Rossing, Lutheran School of Theology. Has written on Eco-Reformation, Eco theological significance.
  • Dr. Kenneth Schoon, author of Shifting Sands.

Chat with Anna Steinmetz and Jessica Smasal of Openlands to learn about local conservation volunteer opportunities.

Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats.