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Environmental Humanities on the Schuylkill River

Environmental Humanities on the Schuylkill River: From Botanical Garden and Oil Refinery to DataRefuge Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 3:30pm Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public Download: audio, 360p, or 1080p. Bethany Wiggin is the Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities. Her research interests lie in the […]

We Are Water: the University and Minnesota’s Water Future

We Are Water: the University and Minnesota’s Water Future Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 3:30pm Best Buy Theater, 4th Floor, Northrop Free and open to the public Download: audio, 360p, or 1080p. Almost reflexively, Minnesotans say they are proud of the state’s waters. Visits up to the lake are cherished parts of many lives and […]

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 […]

IAS Collaboratives at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Commons. February 13, 2015

February 13, 2015IASCollaboratives, Events0

IAS Collaboratives at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Commons Friday, February 13, 1:30-3:00pm 140 Nolte Center The Interdisciplinary Commons is a new Graduate School initiative intended to foster graduate student interactions across disciplines. Offered on a trial basis during the 2014-15 academic year, The Interdisciplinary Commons will provide space in the Nolte Center for graduate students with […]

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

September 9, 2014IASEvents, Sawyer Seminar2

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 […]

Monday, April 21, 2014: The Irony of Carp with Brian Ickes

The Irony of Carp A River Life Program panel discussion with Brian Ickes, Research Ecologist, US Geological Survey. Download as: audio, podcast video, or original. Q&A Download as: audio, podcast video, or original. “The Irony of Carp” draws on the international fisheries experience of US Geological Survey biologist Brian Ickes to explore the threats 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,” […]

November 14, 2013: Sawyer Seminar Introductory Meeting

Sawyer Seminar Introductory Meeting Thursday, November 14, 11:30-1:00 Nolte 235 Please RSVP to Phyllis Messenger, pmessenger@umn.edu. The Institute for Advanced Study will convene an interdisciplinary Sawyer Seminar “Making the Mississippi: Formulating new water narratives for the 21st century and beyond,” to develop a new intellectual framework and supporting narratives to theorize new ways of thinking […]

CANCELLED Wed Oct 16 2013:River Talk at the Aster Cafe with Pat Nunnally, “Making the Mississippi”

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED “Making the Mississippi:  What Stories Does the Big River Tell Us?” with Pat Nunnally Rescheduled for Wednesday, October 16, 2013 5:30 p.m. Aster Cafe, 125 Main Street SE River Talk bridges the gap between science and culture in a setting that bridges the gap between brain and belly.  Food, beer, and […]

River Life 2012-2013 Update

This past year has been extremely busy for River Life, as we began our transition from being administered by the Institute on the Environment to being a program of the Institute for Advanced Study.  The items below reflect both our strongly interdisciplinary nature, but also are the results of the work River Life has been […]

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 […]

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

November 12, 2010IASEvents, | Conferences1

“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 […]

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” […]

“Integrated Design: Sustainable Community”: A talk with Lance Neckar, November 20

November 20, 2007IASEvents0

Lance Neckar is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota. The series on the bridge collapse is also sponsored by 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. Cosponsored by The College of Design.

“A Vital Cog in the Regional Network: the New Bridge as a Transportation Link”: A talk by John Adams, November 6

November 6, 2007IASEvents0

John Adams is Associate Dean of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute. The series on the bridge collapse is also sponsored by 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. Cosponsored by The College of Design.

“Rebuilding Common Ground”: A talk with Mayor R.T. Rybak, 10/9/07

October 9, 2007IASEvents0

In association with a semester-long course taught by Professor Pat Nunnally, Mayor Rybak will directly address the ramifications of the I-35W bridge collapse on the University community. Students will have an opportunity to discuss their reactions and to ask the mayor questions about the city’s response to the increased public attention to the infrastructure of […]