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River Life: Place, Water, Community

January 24, 2017IASForum0

Download a PDF of this blog post here (4 MB) Over the past few months, River Life has found its focus shifting a bit. Since 2005, we have worked to raise the visibility of the Mississippi River, particularly on the campus of the University of Minnesota, which is bisected by the river in Minneapolis. We […]

Deborah Swackhamer, Water Scientist and Prof. of Public Policy. July 14, 2015

July 14, 2015IASBat of Minerva0

Download: audio, small video, or original. Dr. Deborah L. Swackhamer studies the processes affecting the behavior of, and exposures to, toxic chemicals in the environment and works on policies to address these potential risks. She is a Professor of Science, Technology, and Public Policy in the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and served […]

Sharon Day, Director of the Indigenous People’s Task Force. July 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Sharon Day, Ojibwe, is executive director of the Indigenous People’s Task Force. Sharon is 2nd degree Midewin and follows the spiritual path of the Anishinaabe people; part of her spiritual practice is to care for water. In 2003 Sharon Day, Josephine Madamin and other Anishinaabe women began Mother Earth […]

Image as Levee: the Mississippi River before Mark Twain. Nenette Luarca-Shoaf, April 23, 2015.

Image as Levee: the Mississippi River before Mark Twain Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 4:00pm Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room (240) A presentation by Nenette Luarca-Shoaf, Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow Download: small video, audio, or original. Q&A Download: small video, audio, or original. In the first half of the nineteenth century—decades before Mark Twain’s first […]

Conevery Valencius, Professor of History, April 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Conevery Valencius is Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she writes and teaches about U.S. environmental history, the history of science and medicine, and the American Civil War. Her recent projects have focused on the history of earthquakes and seismology, the history of the […]

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. Q&A Download: small video, audio, or original. Resilience has emerged in the past few […]

Sawyer Seminar Symposium. April 8-10, 2015

The Once and Future River: Imagining the Mississippi in an Era of Climate Change April 8-10, 2015 The John E. Sawyer Seminar Spring Symposium. Free & open to the public. The Mississippi River is one of the best-known American landscapes, accessible through the writings of Mark Twain and imagery from painters and photographers for more […]

More than the Mississippi: the river as ‘here’, with Jim Rock and Sharon Day. April 8, 2015

More than the Mississippi: the river as ‘here’ Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at 7:00pm Best Buy Theater, Northrop Featured speakers: Jim Rock and Sharon Day. Download: audio, small video, or original. The Mississippi is a river burdened by its history. The shadows cast by the writings of Mark Twain and celebratory accounts of westward movement […]

Christopher Morris, Professor of History, April 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Christopher Morris lives in Dallas, Texas, and is Professor of History at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is the author of two books, Becoming Southern: The Evolution of a Way of Life, Warren County and Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1770-1860, and The Big Muddy: An Environmental History of the […]

Backwater Blues: Environmental Disaster and African American Experiences. March 31, 2015

Backwater Blues: Environmental Disaster and African American Experiences Tuesday, March 31, at 4:00pm 1210 Heller Hall Panel with Saje Mathieu, History; David Pellow, Sociology; Elliott Powell, American Studies; and Richard Mizelle, History, University of Houston (via Skype). Download: audio, small video, or original. What can studies of environment tell us about African American experiences? In […]

Workshop on Healing Places, with Mona Smith. February 5, 2015

Workshop on Healing Places Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 11:00am-1:00pm Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room (240) This workshop, focusing on the river as a healing place, was led by Mona Smith, Dakota multi-media artist and founding partner of the Healing Place Collaborative. This workshop was funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation […]

Strategies for a Sense of Place: Taking Advantage of Location. Thursdays at Four, Sept. 25, 2014

Strategies for a Sense of Place: Taking Advantage of Location September 25, 2014, at 4:00pm Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room Discussion with John Bryson, Planning & Public Affairs, and Pat Nunnally, River Life Download: audio, small video, or original. The University of Minnesota occupies a unique location: on one of the great rivers of the […]

Trapped by History: the Past and Future of the Upper Mississippi River. John Anfinson, Sep. 9, 2014

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Trapped by History: the Past and Future of the Upper Mississippi River John O. Anfinson, Superintendent of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Download: audio, small video, or original. Q&A Download: audio, small video, or original. The Mississippi River today has become an artifact of human construction, because of what humans have done to […]

River Futures, Apr. 16, 2014

River Futures April 16, 2014, 4:00-8:00pm Northrop – Best Buy Theater Students from all disciplines were invited to imagine the future of the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities and to create a work that responds to that imagined future. How will people gain access to the water? What wildlife will inhabit this corridor in […]

Friday, February 28, 2014: River at Our Doorstep

The River at Our Doorstep Friday, February 28, 2014, 9:00am-3:30pm President’s Room, 3rd Floor, Coffman Union No RSVP necessary. Questions can be sent to Pat Nunnally at pdn@umn.edu. Join the River Life Program for a one-day symposium of roundtable discussions on research and student/public programs. Participants will discuss use of the river corridor as a […]

Water Walk: The River in Winter

Download: audio, podcast video, or original. Where do the fish go in winter? Does the river freeze all the way through? Researchers from St Anthony Falls Laboratory help us explore the River in Winter. Water Walks are organized by the River Life Program on the second Tuesday of each month at noon, place TBA. Explore the connections between […]

RCR – IAS Thursdays Dec 5 2013: Sawyer Seminar “Making the Mississippi”

Available for download as audio or original. Open Discussion Available for download as audio, video, or original. Principal Investigators Kat Hayes, Pat Nunnally and Ann Waltner discuss the 2014-15 Mellon Foundation funded Sawyer Seminar. The IAS will convene an interdisciplinary Sawyer Seminar, “Making the Mississippi: Formulating new water narratives for the 21st century and beyond,” […]

Tim Pauketat, 5/1/13

Dr. Timothy R. Pauketat is an “American Bottom” Mississippian-era archaeologist and professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He is best known for his investigations at and involving the World Heritage site of Cahokia Mounds near St. Louis, MO. Download: audio or small video, or original.

Tuesday, April 30: River of Poetry, a talk at/by the River with Amir Hussain

Poetry Workshop Tuesday, April 30, 4:00 pm River Park Flats on the Mississippi bank* (located on grassy area directly behind the Medical Center on East Bank campus/right off Harvard St.) “Water, is taught by thirst / Land—by the oceans passed,” writes Emily Dickinson. This talk will consider various ways in which poets like Walt Whitman, […]

February 22, 2013: Mississippi River Idea Fair

Available for download as audio (.mp3, 64.0MB) or video (.m4v, 330.6MB). Come hear about research and teaching on the Mississippi River! Learn about what your colleagues throughout the University of Minnesota are doing in a format that encourages interaction and discussion. There are still some spaces left for presenters–send an e-mail to pdn@umn.edu if you are […]

Mapping the Mississippi

A discussion with Pat Nunnally and Mary deLaittre The Mississippi River above St. Anthony Falls is perhaps the least “legible” part of the river in Minneapolis. Join River Life coordinator Pat Nunnally and Mary deLaittre, President of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, for a highly visual “tour” of this poorly understood section of the city. Over […]

Pat Nunnally, May 20, 2011

Pat Nunnally is the coordinator for the River Life program at the Institute for Advanced Study, where he works to establish lasting relationships among the University of Minnesota and groups working on river sustainability. In the past two decades, Nunnally has developed a unique practice as a consulting historian, communications manager and interpretive planner, with a […]

John Anfinson, May 20, 2011

John Anfinson is Superintendent of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA). Previously, he was the MNRRA’s Chief of Resource Management, its Historian and Cultural Resources Specialist, and District Historian for the St. Paul District of the Army Corps of Engineers. Anfinson received his Ph.D. in American History from the University of Minnesota and […]

David Wiggins, May 20, 2011

Download: audio, small video, or original. David Wiggins of the National Parks Service is the Supervisory Park Ranger for the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in Minnesota. Wiggins also developed and ran the riverfront tour program for the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board from 1993 to 2000.

Rob Gilmer, May 16, 2011

Download: audio, small video, or original. Robert Gilmer, a Louisiana native, recently received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, where his research has focused on American Indian and environmental history. He has taught courses on American Indian history, Treaty Rights and Natural Resources, and, in the fall of 2010, the Gulf Oil Spill. Gilmer’s […]

Karen Campbell, April 5, 2011

April 5, 2011IASBat of Minerva, Video and Audio, | UMN Faculty InterviewsComments Off on Karen Campbell, April 5, 2011

Karen Campbell is the Education Director at the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics, a National Science Foundation sponsored Science and Technology Center. She divides her time between the NCED headquarters at a wonderful laboratory on an island in the Mississippi River, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, and – just downstream in St. Paul – the Science Museum of Minnesota. She is also an […]

Experiments on Rivers: The Consequences of Dams — An Interdisciplinary Conference, Nov. 2010

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“In the view of conservationists, there is something special about dams, something…metaphysically sinister….the absolute epicenter of Hell on earth, where stands a dam.” John McPhee, Encounters with the Archdruid (1971) Dams have been characterized as “long-term experiments on rivers,” and as affronts to the freedom embodied in flowing rivers. But they also provide needed hydroelectric […]

Restoration in/of the Mississippi River Gorge: A Panel Discussion with Irene Jones, Deborah Karasov, Cordelia Pierson, and Doug Snyder, March 4, 2010

The Mississippi River Gorge is that reach of the river stretching from St. Anthony Falls to the confluence with the Minnesota River. This unique geological formation, which happens to pass through the heart of the U of M Minneapolis campus, is the subject of many and varied restoration efforts. Citizens and scientists, planners, designers, and […]

Imagining the River: The Mississippi Gorge – Roundtable Discussion with Pat Nunnally, Mona Smith, Chris Lenhart, Christine Baeumler, and Scott Vreeland, December 3, 2009

December 3, 2009IASEvents, Video and Audio0

Tucked below the street level and parkways in south Minneapolis and the Highland neighborhood of St. Paul, the Mississippi River Gorge is, literally, often overlooked. Located between the Minnesota/Mississippi River confluence and the Falls of St. Anthony, this reach of the river lacks the drama and evident historical significance of those spots. But it is […]

Memory, Place, Identity: Conversations Arising from the I-35W Bridge Collapse – Opening discussion with Yasmeen Arif and Brian Horrigan, October 9, 2008

Yasmeen Arif will be in residence at the IAS in Spring of 2009 in the spring semester as a Quadrant Fellow with the Global Cultures Group to work on her project, “Afterlife: Recovering Life After Catastrophe.” Dr. Arif was at the University of Minnesota last year as a Sawyer Post-doctoral Fellow on Humanitarianisms and World […]

Life on the Upper Mississippi – Performance by Patricia Hampl with Dan Chouinard, October 9, 2008

October 9, 2008IASEvents, Video and Audio0

Author Patricia Hampl draws from literary sources far and wide to take listeners on a literary voyage down the Mississippi River. She reads from her own memoirs as well as the work of other poets, novelists, historians and essayists. “Life on the Upper Mississippi: a Literary Excursion” was performed in October at the University of […]

The City, the River, the Bridge: Thursday, October 9 and Friday, October 10, 2008

October 9, 2008IASEvents, Video and Audio0

Cosponsored by the Institute on the Environment, the University Metropolitan Consortium, and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost The rebuilt I-35W/St. Anthony Falls bridge was completed just a couple of weeks ago, but the tasks of rebuilding after the disaster of August 1, 2007 are not complete. News reports indicate continued debate over issues associated […]

Telling River Stories: The I-35W Bridge, the Mississippi River, and Rebuilding Community Connections

Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place on Tuesdays at 5:00 pm in 100 Rapson Hall. Sponsored by IAS, Telling River Stories, The River Life Program of the Institute on the Environment in conjunction with the Urban Studies Program, the Water Resources Center and the Metropolitan Studies Consortium. October 2 “City Bridges–Imagined and Real” […]

The River, the Bridge, the Community: Beyond the Headlines of the I-35W Bridge Collapse, Fall 2007

URBS 3800-001, 3 credit Mondays 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. 229 Nolte Center Instructor: Patrick Nunnally, Research Associate with the Institute on the Environment When the I-35W bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River on August 1, 2007, reverberations echoed across the country and around the world. The River Life Program of the Institute on the Environment, […]

“Between Prairie and Sea: The Mississippi River as a Continental Transportation System”: A talk with Hokan Miller, 10/30/07

Hokan Miller is a boat and barge dispatcher at Upper River Services, a harbor service in Saint Paul. He holds a Coast Guard license to operate towboats on western rivers and still pilots occasionally. He knows the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities as well as anyone alive and is a founding member of the […]

“Where does the Water Actually Go?: The Mississippi River is a Connected Bio-physical System”: A talk with Chris Paola, 10/23/07

Chris Paola is a Professor of Earth Sciences, Geology and Geophysics and a principal investigator at the National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics at the University of Minnesota. This event is also sponsored by the Telling River Stories collaborative, the Department of Urban Studies, the Water Resources Center and the Metropolitan Studies Consortium. Cosponsored by The College […]

“The Mississippi River as a (National) Park”: A talk with Paul Labovitz, 10/16/07

October 16, 2007IASEvents0

Paul Labovitz is the superintendent of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, established by Congress in 1988 as a 72-mile stretch of Mississippi River from Ramsey and Dayton in the north to just south of Hastings. This event is also sponsored by the Urban Studies Program, the Water Resources Center and the Metropolitan Studies […]

Gathering at the River, 10/13/07

October 13, 2007IASEvents0

ArtStart, East Side Arts Council, and Teatro del Pueblo and musician/composer Douglas R. Ewart are hosting a special Fall event, Gathering at the River-Crepuscule 2007. Held Saturday, October 13, 2007 from 2-5 p.m. at Harriet Island Pavilion and Grounds, the Gathering at the River-Crepuscule 2007 is a free, interactive family-oriented event which brings diverse communities […]

Telling River Stories, 2007-2008

The riverfront as margin and center is at the heart of the inquiry of the Telling River Stories Collaborative. This collaborative seeks to explore the ways varying communities of and along the urban riverfront have imagined the river, used it, lived on and with it, as well as the diverse and sometimes contradictory futures envisioned […]

Mississippi River Over Time: Changing Landscapes of the River, 4/12/07

Carrie Jennings (Minnesota Geological Survey), Dan Engstrom (St. Croix Research Station), and Deb Swackhamer (Institute on the Environment) will discuss the natural history, recent history, and future prospects for the Mississippi River. How was the river formed, what are its habitat and biological communities, and what is our legacy for the river and future generations? […]