The Edith Chase Symposium is a series of educational programs to acquaint people who are not specialists, with issues of importance in the Earth Sciences and Water Sciences. The Symposium was initiated in 2014 to honor Edith Chase, a scientist who contributed her expertise, energy, and outstanding analytic and communication skills to benefit the ecosystems of the City of Kent, the State of Ohio, and the Great Lakes Basin. At the time of Ms. Chase's decision, at age 90, to reduce the public advocacy activities in which she took part, the League of Women Voters of Kent and the Kent Environmental Council together began organizing this program, in recognition of Ms. Chase's service in the two organizations over fifty years. The first Symposium program was presented June 5, 2015. In 2016, The Edith Chase Symposium Association, Inc., was registered as an Ohio non-profit corporation, and has been approved by the US Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization under section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, so that donations may be deducted for federal income tax purposes by donors.

Rewinding Ohio

The 2024 Program

This year’s speaker was Denny Taylor, a Professor Emeritus at Hiram College. He presented Embracing Wetlands: “Wetlands as Generators of Environmental Stewards.” And was presented Thursday evening, May 16, 2024, at the Kent State School of Architecture and Environmental Design, Cene Lecture Hall, Kent State University.

His areas of expertise are freshwater and marine ecology, and science education. He is a trustee of the Alfred W. Couch Organic Farm in Hiram and is passionate about gardening and decreasing human impacts on the natural world.

Our symposium continued Friday, May 17, 2024, 4PM, with the annual Edith Chase Poetry Reading at the Kent State School of Architecture and Environmental Design, Cene Lecture Hall. Local writers read original poems for “Embracing Wetlands.”

Not a Drop to Drink


Embracing Wetlands

Rewilding Ohio

Our River is More Than Water

Bee Vigilant

Resurrection River

Where Ohio Meets the Lake

Restoration Through Vegetation

Before the Well Runs Dry

Not a Drop to Drink

Edith Chase Kent Heritage Festival

Edith Chase,
scientist, activist, advocate – a description of some of the services that Edith Chase has contributed to the protection of the ecosystem of the Great Lakes Basin.

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In Memory of Edith Chase

How you can help. The Edith Chase Symposium Association, Inc., is an Ohio non-profit corporation. No federal, state, or local tax money has been applied for or accepted to fund this program. Private donations, including individuals, advocacy groups, and responsible businesses, have been the only sources of support to create and maintain this program. Donations may be deducted for federal income tax purposes by donors.