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The Once and Future River: Imagining the Mississippi in an Era of Climate Change - April 8

  • Northrup Hall 84 Church Street Southeast Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States (map)

Event runs through April 10, at multiple locations.  See complete details:

http://ias.umn.edu/2015/04/08/sawyer-symposium/

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 than a century. Yet how well do we really know the river through these sources? Are these narrative and visual traditions adequate to understanding it in an era of climate change? What does it even mean to “know” or “understand” the Mississippi River?

The symposium “The Once and Future River: Imagining the Mississippi in an Era of Climate Change” brings scholars from the humanities and social sciences into conversation with experts from the realm of river policy and management to explore the river as both a cultural and physical entity. Individual sessions will address numerous ways of defining the spatial and conceptual scope of the river, the ways artistic expression shapes—and is shaped by—the physical landscape, and what “resilience” and “sustainability” might mean for the river in the future.

Host: Institute for Advanced Study | University of Minnesota