One of the most exciting things about A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT is our “Ask An Expert Booth” where you can ask climate change experts that work to preserve the Earth everyday about what YOU can do to help Lake Michigan!

Here are the various experts and the shows you can find them at:

Anja Claus, August 20th and 27th

Anja Claus is Curator of the Center for Humans & Nature’s Curations series; Associate Editor of the electronic journal, Minding Nature; and Editor of the Center’s weekly newsletter.

Anja searches out stories that help us reimagine our relationship to each other and to planet Earth as a whole. These stories range from deeper philosophical concepts, to reflections of wider-ranging historical perspectives, to the personal story within local places. This is accomplished through engaging storytellers to share fresh perspectives via the written word or through the visual arts.

The central exploration in all her work is grounded in re-imagining our relationship with the other-than-human, by unmasking modes of thought that uphold our cultural detachment from our natural history; and by helping to create new stories, which bridge this perceived gap between humans and the whole community of life.

Timothy H. Brown, August 26th

Tim Brown is the founder and president of Wabashco LLC, a project development firm for green investments in renewable energy and carbon offsets.

He is also a principal of Forest Hill Energy, LLC a wind energy development firm in the Great Lakes region. In 1998 he co-founded the Delta Institute, a nonprofit organization to promote community economic development and improve environmental quality in the Great Lakes region. He ran the environment program at the Delta Institute, which included a range of Great Lakes water quality projects and pollution prevention and toxic reduction work. Prior to starting the Delta Institute, he opened and ran the Midwest office of Clean Sites, a national nonprofit environmental organization. He’s held positions at ICF Kaiser Engineers, Communicore, and the Center for the Great Lakes. Tim serves on the boards of the Delta Institute, the Hyde Park Art Center, the Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation, and the Lochland School. He holds a B.S. from Northwestern University and lives in Chicago with his wife, writer Jill Riddell, and two daughters.

Jill Riddell, August 26th

Jill Riddell writes essays and articles about nature and the environment and writes the ongoing, serialized novel Acupuncture after the Apocalypse for the literary magazine Trop ( She is on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she teaches in the MFA in Writing program. She has been a museum vice president, the cohost of a podcast on green living, and a newspaper columnist. She lives in Chicago.

Jeremy Ohmes, September 2nd

Jeremy is the Communications Manager for the Center for Human’s and nature, leading all communications and marketing for the Center’s website, newsletters, social media, print materials, and public events.

Jeremy received a Master of Science in Journalism from University of Oregon. His thesis work focused on a narrative history of Vanport, Oregon—the nation’s largest World War II public housing project, which was dramatically destroyed in a flood in 1948. He also received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Loyola University Chicago.

Previously, Jeremy led all editorial projects for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he helped develop integrated marketing and communications plans for print, web, email, social media, and advertising. He has also been a freelance writer for a number of publications, including Time Out ChicagoChicago Sun-TimesThe OregonianEugene Weekly, and PopMatters.


When he’s not writing or communicating, Jeremy can be found gardening or training for a marathon—but usually not at the same time.

Karen Hobbs, September 16th

Karen is the Senior Policy Analyst for the National Resources Defense Council Water Program. Having joined NRDC in 2010 to focus on green infrastructure and water-efficiency policy in the Great Lakes Basin, Karen Hobbs has worked to improve the efficiency of plumbing fixtures and appliances, helped municipalities and wastewater utilities maximize green investments, and worked with craft-beer brewers to highlight the importance of clean water as an ingredient. Prior to NRDC, she was First Deputy Commissioner for Chicago’s Department of the Environment, where she oversaw the development of the city’s climate action plan. During the Clinton administration, she served as associate director of the White House Task Force on Livable Communities and as director of the American Heritage Rivers Initiative at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s in public policy from the University of Chicago. She is based in Chicago.

Devi Lockwood, September 16th

Devi Lockwood is a poet / touring cyclist / storyteller from Boston. Since the People’s Climate March in September 2014 she has been traveling in 11 countries, mostly by bicycle (and sometimes by boat) to collect 1,001 stories from people she meets about water and climate change.

Lockwood has made over 600 audio recordings to date with storytellers in the USA, Fiji, Tuvalu, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Qatar, Morocco, and the U.K. Later this summer I will continue making recordings in China, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.

Her writing has been published in The New York TimesThe GuardianCosmopolitan, Pacific StandardBicycling Magazineand elsewhereDevi is  working to create a map on a website where you can click on a point and listen to a story that someone has told me from that place. In addition to an archive, the 1,001 Stories map will be participatory so that people can record their own stories about water and climate change and upload them to the page.