West Beach, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Portage, IN, USA. (Photo: J. Crocker).
When people think of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore today, they likely picture sprawling sand dunes, grasses, and the blue expanse of Lake Michigan. But throughout the twentieth century, this idyllic landscape became a battleground where industrialists clashed with environmentalists.
This is the story depicted in the 2016 documentary “Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability” that will be presented at Calumet College of St. Joseph as part of this year’s One Earth Film Festival.
The film recounts the story of how the Calumet Region, where rare plants grow in the shadows of smokestacks, sparked a movement for a national park: a movement which eventually led to game-changing environmental policies with world-wide impact.
A special, pre-festival screening will be held at Calumet College of St. Joseph, 2400 New York Avenue, Whiting, Indiana on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:00 pm in Room 200.
The film screening will be followed by a post-film discussion. Members of the panel include Dr. Kenneth Schoon, author of Shifting Sands: the Restoration of the Calumet Area; Ms. Pat Wisniewski, the film’s producer/director; and Mr. Michael Puente, a CCSJ alumnus, adjunct faculty member, and reporter for Chicago’s National Public Radio affiliate, WBEZ. The host for the evening will be Dr. Joan Crist of CCSJ’s Theology Program.
The event is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested. Visit oneearthfilmfest.org to reserve tickets.
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