Mid-State Speaker Series

Mid-State Speaker Series

The Mid-State Speaker Series connects Mid-State instructors and staff with our students, education partners, and colleagues across the Wisconsin Technical College System. The resulting collaboration brings stimulating presentations on hot topics to our communities. Explore what’s happening in our communities and beyond—and find out what it all means to you.

All sessions are free and open to the public. Most are approximately two hours in length, from beginning through Q&A.


Wisconsin Writers Connect

Alan Haney and Bill Berry
Date: Wednesday, May 2
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Stevens Point Campus, Community Engagement Room

There can be no question that technology has made our lives more comfortable, but this comfort comes with a cost...toxic chemicals, changing climate, loss of biodiversity, air and water pollution, and less contact with nature. Although injured, nature hasn't gone away.  Reading from his book Backyard Stories, Alan W. Haney will lead us out of our houses and into our yards to examine and explore the wonder and beauty that surrounds us.  Bill Berry will detail how citizens, scientists, reporters, and traditional conservationists drew attention to the harmful effects of "the miracle pesticide" DDT, which was being used to control Dutch elm disease, as documented in his book, Banning DDT:  How  Citizen Activists in Wisconsin Led the Way.

Alan Haney is a forest ecologist and emeritus professor of forestry and former dean of the College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.  In addition to Backyard Stories, he is the author of Following Old Trails, Jewels of Nature, Laughing in the Wilderness, and several technical books on botany and ecological restoration.  Bill Berry, after working for more than 20 years as a reporter, columnist, and editor for several daily newspapers—including the Stevens Point Journal—has redirected his energy to communicate about conservation and agriculture.