"Vanishing Night:
The Urgent Need to Save the Night

2022 Annual Conference
IDA Missouri

Evening of Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st
Hosted by Johnson County Community College, Kansas City 


  • Participation "in-person" or virtually using ZOOM.
  • Registration is FREE.
  • Registration details and hotel recommendations coming soon.

Friday, September 30, 2022 

Evening activity: Time, activity TBD

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Daytime Presentations: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Details coming soon.

Conference Wrap-Up, Evening Keynote:  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm 

Keynote Speaker


Title:  To Know a Starry Night"

A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, most of us no longer experience true darkness. In this talk based on his critically acclaimed book THE END OF NIGHT, Paul Bogard seeks to restore our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art. Using a blend of personal narrative, natural history, science, and astronomy, Bogard shares the importance of darkness—what we've lost, what we still have, and what we might regain—and the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight.

Speaker:  Paul Bogard, Author

Paul Bogard is the author of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light and The Ground Beneath Us: From the Oldest Cities to the Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who We Are. His first children’s book What if Night? was published in late 2020. A native Minnesotan, Paul is now an associate professor of English at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota USA, where he teaches creative writing and environmental literature. Find him at paul-bogard.com.