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About the Sawyer Seminar

By any measure, the Mississippi River is one of the great rivers of the world. But it is also one of the world’s most heavily managed large rivers and is, arguably, one of the most controversial.

The Sawyer Seminar sees these challenges as problems of incomplete, inadequate, or outdated narratives. Nearly all of the public discourses about the river are animated by urgency imposed by pending legislation, economic decisions, or planning frameworks. The Sawyer Seminar will not address these narratives directly, but will explore writings and images that suggest a new way of seeing the Mississippi, one that may be useful as communities grapple with grand challenges like climate change, changing demographics and transitions in community and regional economies.

For more information, please see Sawyer Seminar Argument/Abstract.

The John E. Sawyer Seminar “Making the Mississippi: Formulating New Water Narratives for the 21st Century” has been awarded to the University of Minnesota by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Sincere appreciation to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is extended for this support.