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Speaker Sessions

 At the morning speaker sessions, IdeaFestival Bowling Green participants listen to innovators from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines as they talk about their big ideas, their passions, and their visions. Participants also have the chance to ask questions.

Shelby Rader

IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2020

Land and Legacy:
Building Ideas That Will Last

Speaker Highlights

Video courtesy of Vid Monster Productions.

 For more information on each speaker, see our speaker packet.


IFBG 2020 Speaker Session Videos

Videos courtesy of Vid Monster Productions.


Speaker Session One: Re-Imagining Our Relationship to the Land

Kellyn LaCour-Conant, coastal resources scientist at the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana: "Making Connections: How Are Goji Berries, Oysters, and KFC Related?"


Timothy Kercheville, farm manager at the International Center of Kentucky in Bowling Green: “Farming with Refugees: The Story of a Refugee Farmer Commercial Garden”


Shelby Rader, assistant research scientist in geochemistry at Indiana University: “Looking Beyond: How Geology Can Shape Our Understanding of the World Around Us”


Speaker Session One Q&A


Speaker Session Two: How Ideas Become Legacies

Samantha Fore, chef/owner of Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites: “Work Hard and Be Nice to People: The Mantra of My Authenticity”


Gerry Seavo James, founder of The Explore Kentucky Initiative and the Waterman Series: “Don’t Do It For the Clout”


Larah Helayne, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and activist: “Roots: Reckoning with my Home and Finding Belonging Through Traditional Appalachian Music”


Speaker Session Two Q&A


Watch videos of previous speakers 
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February 11, 2020
Van Meter Hall & Downing Student Union
Western Kentucky University


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