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Resilience and Sustainability of the River in an Era of Climate Change. Thursdays at Four, April 9, 2015.

Panel on Resilience and Sustainability of the River
in an Era of Climate Change

Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 4:00pm
Northrop — Best Buy Theater

River as Water. Part of the Sawyer Seminar Spring Symposium.

Download: small video, audio, or original.


Download: small video, audio, or original.

Resilience has emerged in the past few years as a normative term to which systems might aspire. On one hand, the term is useful, evoking a sensibility that a natural and/or cultural system can withstand pressures or disruptions. On the other hand, the term’s meaning is ambiguous: does it imply only a return to a previous state or does the term allow for improvement in a system? The term has become so ever-present that some call it “the new sustainability,” with reference to another currently over-used term.

This panel examines the term resilience as it might apply to the Mississippi River and the communities that are supported by the river. We will hear from someone whose people have lived in proximity to this river since time began, from a scientist whose research focuses on the scientific bases underlying water policy, and from someone steeped in community climate change adaptation. Among the questions for exploration: How might meanings of resilience change when we talk about human systems vs bio-physical systems? How do those different conceptions of resilience align or collide?

Deb Swackhamer, Program Director, Water Resources Center
Pat Hamilton, Science Museum of Minnesota
Darlene St. Clair, Multicultural Resource Center, St. Cloud State University

Discussant: Kathy Quick, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Drought on Mississippi River and farmland
This Thursdays at Four is part of the Sawyer Symposium, “The Once and Future River: Imagining the Mississippi in an Era of Climate Change”. The symposium is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the University of Minnesota for the John E. Sawyer Seminar, “Making the Mississippi: Creating New Water Narratives for the 21st Century.”

Hamilton, St. Clair, and Swackhamer have also been interviewed by the Bat of Minerva.

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  1. Gabriel Electrum MilkApril 10, 2015 at 10:27 amReply

    Nuff said.

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