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NEA Big Read hosted by Kenosha Public Library

The NEA Big Read will take place from March 1 to 31, 2021.

Kickoff Event w/ Emily Graslie
March 1, 2021, 6PM 

FREE and Online
Register here

Emily Graslie was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. After moving to Missoula, Montana to pursue an undergraduate degree in fine art painting, she fell in love with the campus vertebrate research collection as a place of artistic inspiration. What started off as a passionate volunteering position within a small museum eventually transformed into a career as an advocate for these under-appreciated repositories. As Chief Curiosity Correspondent for the Field Museum in Chicago, she served as creator, host and writer of The Brain Scoop, an educational YouTube channel with 200+ episodes about natural history that have been viewed more than 32 million times. In 2020 she made her broadcast television debut on PBS as Executive Producer, Host and Writer of Prehistoric Road Trip, a new series by WTTW Chicago about paleontology and geology in the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming.

Ongoing Events



Wednesday, March 3, 7-8:15PM

  • Being and Becoming Scientists: UW-Parkside Female Faculty in STEM fields discuss Lab Girl
  • LOCATION: VIRTUAL, Register here
  • Biology, Chemistry, Biogeography, and Environmental Science professors lead a discussion of Lab Girl, focused on their experience as students in STEM fields and their current professional careers and scholarship.

Sunday, March 21, 1-3PM

  • Trees, Seeds & Soil - An Outdoor UW-Parkside Campus Tour
  • LOCATION: UW-Parkside, Tallent Hall [ADDRESS], Register here
  • Geobiologist and author of Lab Girl, Hope Jahren, has spent her life studying trees, seeds and soil. Join us on Sunday, March 21 from 1-3pm for an outdoor walking tour of community gardens, maple trees, rivers and solar panets on UW-Parkside's beautiful green campus. Parkside scientists Dave Rogers, Julie Kinzelman, and UW-Parkside alumnus Jake Rogers will share some of Parkside's sustainability practices and their own passion for science! This program is in-person and outside. Masks required.


Green Fire Film Discussion
Tuesday, March 9th
6:00 PM

Aldo Leopold is a revered figure in conservation who was the author of A Sand County Almanac and a professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison.  In Green Fire, conservation biologist Dr. Curt Meine guides viewers through the life and work of Leopold discussing the impact of his ideas on conservation work. Watch the film when it's convenient for you on your own streaming device here and join us for a discussion on Zoom with KPL Librarian Kristin Kornkven and UW-Parkside Library Director Anna Stadick.

Register here.


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