Prairie Festival emerges from its two-year dormancy this September, live and in-person (and live streaming) from our outdoor venue at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, USA. This year’s program explores themes of movement, new roots, and how we can adapt and create the tools we need for a livable future.
A live stream of Prairie Festival presentations and performances will be hosted on YouTube for guests who cannot travel to experience events remotely.
(Times are approximate and subject to change)
SATURDAY LIVE STREAM
8:30 AM Opening Remarks | Rachel Stroer, President of The Land Institute
8:45 AM Radical Appreciation: Standing in Right Relationship with Prairie Ecosystems | Linda Black Elk, Food Sovereignty Coordinator at United Tribes Technical College
9:30 AM Back to the Land: How to Live in the World without Destroying It | Eric Schlosser, Journalist, Author, Filmmaker
10:15 AM Break
10:35 AM evolve | become: works on paper from the Konza Prairie | Erin Wiersma, Prairie Festival Featured Artist
10:50 AM We Have Always Been at the Roots: The Black Farm Experience | A conversation with the Kansas Black Farmer’s Association. Hosted by Dr. JohnElla Holmes, Executive Director and President, with Donna McClish, Web Davis, and Ryan Tenney.
11:45 AM Remnant Agro-ecology: Notes from the Fertile Crescent | Dr. Omar Tesdell, Associate Professor of Geography, Birzeit University, Palestine |
12:30 PM Lunch Break
2:00 PM Updates on Progress Toward a Perennial Future | The Land Institute’s
Dr. Tim Crews, Chief Scientist, and Dr. Aubrey Streit Krug, Director of Ecosphere Studies
SUNDAY LIVE STREAM
9:05 AM Opening Remarks | Rachel Stroer, President, The Land Institute
9:15 AM In Real Time: Chronicles of a Fate Unknown | A conversation with Alexia Leclercq, grassroots organizer and Co-Founder of Start:Empowerment, and Stan Cox, Research Fellow, Ecosphere Studies, The Land Institute
10:00 AM The Old Future is Gone | A conversation with Eric Schlosser and Wes Jackson
10:45 AM Break
11:05 AM Un Mango Grows in Kansas | Perennial Strachan and Vivian Donnelley Family Keynote Address, presented by Huascar Medina, Poet Laureate of Kansas
12:00 PM New Roots and Our Unthinkable Future | Rachel Stroer, President, The Land Institute