Nature “in the city of steel and stone” to be discussed at USF

On Monday, April 15, the University of St. Francis will welcome Joliet resident Michael Bryson, Ph.D., to speak about “Joliet’s Urban Nature: Sensing Place in the City of Steel and Stone.” The presentation will take place from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Sue Manner Turk Studio Theater at University of St. Francis, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet, Ill. Admission is complimentary to the public.

Michael Bryson, associate professor of humanities and sustainability studies at Roosevelt University, is the primary architect of the sustainability major at Roosevelt. He is also the director of Roosevelt’s sustainability studies program. The April 15 gathering will begin with brief introductions and preliminary remarks by Bryson. Then, Pre-K through sixth grade children will be escorted to age-appropriate rooms to work on environmental projects and crafts with USF’s College of Education students while Bryson talks about nature and Joliet’s natural resources. Desserts and beverages will be provided.

This event will take place as part of USF’s 10th annual Green Week celebration, featuring a community expo on April 16, native plant sale on April 18, a volunteer work day at Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve on April 19 and more. Contact USF’s Bill Bromer at (815) 740-3467 or with questions on any of these activities.

The University of St. Francis in Joliet serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and science, business, education, nursing, health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit