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DePaul's 'Climate of Uncertainty' Explores Human Impact on Environment

Keynote speakers, panelists and presenters are expected this month at DePaul University, where a special exhibition will begin.

Applying the concept of sustainability to the value creation process of businesses will be explored at DePaul University’s Sustainable Business Conference later this month.

Free and open to the public, the conference runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at the DePaul Art Museum located at 935 W. Fullerton Ave., just east of the CTA’s Fullerton L stop. The event is part of the university's "Climate of Uncertainty" exhibition.

“Keynoters, panelists and presenters from industry, policy making organizations and think tanks will discuss avenues through which ideas may be developed for profitable projects that are mindful of the environment and social challenges of our time,” conference organizer Ali Fatemi said in a news release. Fatemi is a professor in DePaul’s Driehaus College of Business.

The third annual conference will include speakers form Northern Trust, Hancock, New America Foundation, PriceWaterHouseCoopers, Chicago Metropolis 2020, Interface, Haworth, Boeing, Eli Lilly, Biohabitats and E2.

Sustainable finance, local and global perspectives on sustainability, food matters and driving innovation through design are among the topics on tap for the conference, which is presented by the finance department at DePaul’s Driehaus College of Business.

For more information, contact Kristine Rellihen at krellihe@depaul.edu. You can register for the conference via the eventbrite invitiation.

“Climate of Uncertainty” is an interactive exhibition that explores the impact of humans on the environment. It opens Jan. 10 and runs through March 24.

The program features a dozen artists engaged in long-term projects that address humans’ role in environmental degradation. Seven photographers document issues ranging from the destructive effects of extractive industry to the effect of careless waste disposal on animal populations.

Several artists use installations to provide audiences with a participatory and immersing experience on deforestation and the enormous consequences of large-scale damming. Other media included in the exhibition are sculpture, printmaking and mixed media.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a number of programs featuring leading scholars, environmental activists and artists will be held at the museum to encourage a dialogue on the topics. 

A full list of programs and events related to the exhibition can be found online.

The museum is free and open to the public Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 773-325-7506 or visit the museum's info page.

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