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Winter Symposium Day 2014 featured speakers

bob choquette Bob Choquette is the program manager for the Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP), a part of the Sustainable Cities Initiative at the University of Oregon, where he supports and facilitates the work of 20-30 faculty and 400-plus students as they interact with SCYP’s partner city for an academic year. Choquette also teaches classes in grant writing, project management, strategic planning and nonprofit management in the university’s Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management.
dwight ford The Rev. Dwight Ford is executive director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Rock Island; an ordained Baptist minister of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.; and pastor of Grace City Church, Moline. Ford served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps, and holds a B.A. from Western Illinois University and a M.Div. from Harvard University. He is the author of “Never Easy, Always Necessary; Rediscovering the Ministry of Jesus Christ in an Era of Crisis and Complacency” (The Beckham Publications Group 2011).
jason maher Jason E. Maher is the program director for CityLabs at the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC), which is a consortium of five private, liberal arts colleges and universities (Augsburg College, Hamline University, Macalester College, St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas). CityLabs is an initiative that partners ACTC’s member institutions with cities in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to advance the sustainability and resilience of the region. Maher has worked in higher education since 2001, specializing in the areas of new program development, project management, and student services.
chad pregracke Chad Pregracke is the president and founder of Living Lands & Waters. He formed the not-for-profit river cleanup organization when he was 23, after spending his life growing up and working on the Mississippi River. During the last 16 years, Pregracke, his crew and nearly 70,000 volunteers have removed 7 million pounds of garbage from our nation’s rivers. He’s also broadened his mission to include MillionTrees and an Adopt-A-River Mile projects, as well as a floating classroom aboard a barge that he and his crew live on seven months of the year.
robert quinn Robert Quinn is the founding executive director of the Scholars at Risk Network, New York University. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Network for Education and Academic Rights, based in London, and the governing Council of the Magna Charta Observatory, based in Bologna, Italy. Quinn also is a fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program in Washington, D.C. He received an A.B. cum laude from Princeton in 1988 and a J.D. cum laude from Fordham University in 1994.
michael reisner Dr. Michael Reisner, director of Augustana College’s Upper Mississippi Studies Center and an assistant professor of environmental studies, mobilizes Augustana faculty and students to help local communities solve sustainability challenges. As part of these efforts, he hopes to launch a Sustainable Working Landscapes Initiative for the 2014-2015 academic year.