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A Sense of Where You Are: Water, Place and Community

April 13, 2017IASEvents, IAS Thursdays0

A Sense of Where You Are: Water, Place and Community Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 3:30pm Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public Mill Ruins Park at St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis, MN. Credit: River Life The University of Minnesota (Twin Cities campus) is located in Dakota homeland, on one of […]

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 […]

Is Water a Human Right? From Flint to Minnesota

April 13, 2016IASEvents1

Is Water a Human Right? The Global Struggle for Environmental Justice from Flint to Minnesota Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 12:15-1:45pm Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public Download: audio, small video, or original. A brown bag lunch discussion with Charles Simmons, Emeritus Professor of Media and Human Rights, Marygrove College, Detroit […]

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 […]

Kate Brauman, Water Scientist at IonE. July 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Kate Brauman is the lead scientist for the Global Water Initiative at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, where she studies the coupled interaction of land-use change and water resources. Kate brings together the study of hydrology and plant-water relations with economics and policy to explore the […]

Patrick Hamilton, Global Change Initiatives, Science Museum of MN. June 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Patrick Hamilton, Director of Global Change Initiatives at the Science Museum of Minnesota, develops projects that explore the challenges and opportunities of humanity as the dominant agent of global change. In recent years, these projects have included Water: H2O = Life, an international traveling exhibition developed in partnership with […]

Unnatural Disasters: How Law Hurts, How Law Can Help. Sandra Zellmer: Thursdays at Four, Oct. 9, 2014

Unnatural Disasters: How Law Hurts, How Law Can Help October 9, 2014, at 4:00pm Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop Sandra Zellmer, Robert B. Daugherty Professor of Law, University of Nebraska. Download: audio, small video,or original. Q&A Download: audio, small video,or original. It’s seductively deceptive to call floods and other catastrophes “natural.” They are anything but. Storms […]

IAS Thursdays Nov 7 2013: LiDAR, Water and the Demise of Greater Angkor

Available for download as audio, video, or original. Q&A Available for download as audio, video, or original. LiDAR, Water and the Demise of Greater Angkor A talk by Roland Fletcher, Director of the Greater Angkor Project, and Professor of Theoretical and World Archaeology, University of Sydney, Australia.  Professor Fletcher will give the keynote talk for the Symposium: […]

Ananya Dance Theatre at O’Shaughnessy with “Mohona: Estuaries of Desire”

Ananya Dance Theatre and The O’Shaughnessy present Mohona: Estuaries of Desire Friday, September 20, 2013, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, September 21, 2013, 8:00 p.m. The O’Shaughnessy 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN  55105 A multi-disciplinary, total theater experience, “Mohona” relates stories and layers images of women’s work and lives in relation to water. The performance space […]

Northern Spark: Dance of A Thousand Water Dreams

Put on your dancing shoes! “All are invited to join–to invoke a collective consciousness about the Mississippi that flows through us and about the preciousness of water in our lives. It is deeply inspired by the work of activists from the Indigenous People’s Task Force and is created in collaboration with them, and works through […]

April 18, 2013: Panel Discussion on Best Practices in the Collection of Life Stories for Scholarly and Creative Work

Caridad Svich, Rachel Jendrzejewski, and Gail Dubrow discuss best practices in the collection of life stories for scholarly and creative work. Available for download as audio (.mp3, 75.8MB) or video (.m4v, 431.8MB). Question and Answer Session Available for download as audio (.mp3, 15.6MB) or video (.m4v, 92.4MB). Caridad Svich is a playwright, songwriter, editor and translator living […]

February 7, 2013: The Incitements of Infrastructure – A presentation with Nikhil Anand and Hannah Appel

Infrastructures- water pipes, oil rigs, roads, electricity networks- are critical sites that enable the movement of materials necessary for the everyday life of capitalism, the legitimacy of states, and the viability of human bodies in different parts of the word.  Yet, as recent disasters such as the BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill, the Fukushima […]

An Interview with Quadrant Fellow Nikhil Anand, August 1, 2012

Nikhil Anand studies the natural and political passage of one of the most essential elements on earth: water. His project analyzes the many ways in which the city of Mumbai’s water infrastructure and distribution system leaks, flows, and withholds water to the people who depend on it for their livelihood.  Amir Hussain talks to Anand […]

Dominic Jones, July 18, 2012

Dominic Jones is the Manager of Red Rock Rural Water in Cottonwood County, Jefferson MN. This talk is also available as an audio download (.mp3 – 54.1 MB) or as a video podcast (.m4v – 297.8 MB).

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Black Label Movement performs at Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory

Black Label Movement (BLM) and the Moving Cell Collaborative was is in residence in the Marine Biological Laboratory for a week-long Physiology course where they performed “HIT” and “A Duet for Wreck.”  On Sunday, July 8 at 4 PM, the collaborators presented an informal performance and lecture-demonstration, “HIT: When Dancers and Scientists Collide,” in the MBL […]

Karen Coelho, October 14, 2011

Karen Coelho is a professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies in Chennai, India, where she focuses her research on urban governance and reforms. Prof. Coelho received her Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Arizona, Tucson in 2004 and has since been the recipient of the Richard Carley Hunt Fellowship, awarded by the […]

Oil and Water: The Gulf Oil Spill of 2010, Fall 2010

CFAN 3480, Section 4, 3 credits M 4:05-4:55 & W 4:05-6:00 Location: B25 Classroom Office Building, St Paul Campus Instructor: Robert Gilmer (, History Sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study and the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Science. Course Description Course Syllabus Moodle Site (for registered students) Recorded Classes and Guest Lectures More Information […]

Research at the Red Stag: Freeing Wild Rivers

November 10, 2010IASEvents0

Dr. Gordon Grant, a research hydrologist with the USDA Forest Service, works on some of the largest dam removal projects in North America. Addressing the “juicy problems” that accompany such large-scale ecological changes, Dr. Grant will lead a lively discussion on the complexities of environmental management. Sponsored by: Institute of Technology, Institute for Advanced Study More […]

Curriculum Associated with the University Symposium, Fall 2010

The following courses are associated with the University Symposium on Abundance and Scarcity: Abundance and Scarcity EMS 8500, Section 007, HIST 5960, Section 001, 3 credits Wednesdays, 3:35 to 5:30 p.m. Instructor: Ann Waltner The course will look at material aspects to abundance and scarcity (food, water, and energy) as well as less material aspects, […]

Performance and Social Justice Collaborative: Pipaashaa, Extreme Thirst, 2007-2008

The Performance and Social Justice Collaborative is a research-creative collaborative mobilizing the intersection between social justice work and performance. The collaborative will create Pipaashaa, extreme thirst, a project exploring the impact of environmental degradation in the lives of communities of color across the divides of North and South. Realized through the artistic labor of twenty-five […]