"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.  Please register to let us know how you plan to participate.
  • Please register for the conference to receive information on discounted hotel rates 
  • Conference maps for parking, happy hour, and Saturday programs will be made available soon 

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Friday, September 30, 2022 

  • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Happy hour at Johnson County Community College
  • After 8:00 pm - The Astronomical Society of Kansas City will offer FREE tours of Powell Observatory:
    • Powell Observatory:  Website
    • Powell Observatory:  Map

Saturday, October 1, 2022

(All events held at Johnson County Community College)

  • 8:00 am - Guest check-in opens
  • 9:00 am - 4:30 pm - A full day of speakers and exhibitors (View speaker bios)
  • 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm - Dinner break (attendees on their own)
  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Evening program featuring keynote speaker Paul Bogard, author. 
  • 8:30 pm - Conference concludes


  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.

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