University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

Sawyer Seminar Partners

The Institute for Advanced Study and River Life are pleased to work with the following partners on the John E. Sawyer Seminar:

andrew w  mellon foundation logoAndrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Mellon Foundation’s Sawyer Seminars program was established in 1994 to provide support for comparative research on the historical and cultural sources of contemporary developments. The seminars, named in honor of the Foundation’s long-serving third president, John E. Sawyer, have brought together faculty, foreign visitors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from a variety of fields mainly, but not exclusively, in the humanities and social sciences, for intensive study of subjects chosen by the participants.

Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a dynamic and widely recognized educational organization that is a trusted resource for history. It is highly valued for its historical resources, educational impact, service, advocacy and leadership. The vision of the Minnesota Historical Society is to maximize the power of personal and community stories and shared history to enrich and transform lives.

National Park Service

The 54,000-acre Mississippi National River and Recreation Area was established by Congress in 1988. A true partnership park, the National Park Service owns very little land within its borders but works with 25 local governments, several state agencies and numerous organizations to protect the globally significant resources along the 72-mile stretch of river running through the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metro area.

National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics

Headquartered at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL) at the University of Minnesota, NCED’s mission is to predict the coupled dynamics and co-evolution of landscapes and their ecosystems in order to transform management and restoration of the Earth-surface environment, forging national and international partnerships and integrating researchers and practitioners from the physical, biological, and social sciences, and focusing activity around an annual research theme that will bring together experimental, theoretical, and field researchers.

Institute on the Environment

IonE’s mission is to discover solutions to Earth’s most pressing environmental problems by conducting transformative research, developing the next generation of global leaders and building world-changing partnerships.

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.