River Life, a broadly inclusive program of the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota, uses social media, a digital atlas, and case studies to define the discussions and practices that will create inclusive, sustainable rivers.
About River Life
The University of Minnesota is a world-class comprehensive teaching and research university located in a National Park—the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area—overlooking one of the great rivers of the world. Yet the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities is a landscape that is both widely loved and highly stressed.
Therefore we are a broadly inclusive program, open to students from any major, faculty from a host of disciplines, and community partners who are focused on river sustainability and inclusive planning. Learn More
River Life explores the processes by which riparian systems are converted to urban water systems, locating key intersections of water, community, identity, and sense of place. Our work helps our communities, both on campus and off, move toward a more sustainable, inclusive relationship between the Mississippi River and the people that depend on its long-term health.
We initiate and support research projects, engage student learning both in the classroom and in co-curricular settings, as well as develop programs that reach campus and community partners. Learn More
A joint project of River Life, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the University of Minnesota Libraries, Open Rivers: Rethinking the Mississippi is an interdisciplinary online journal that recognizes the Mississippi River as a space for timely and critical conversations about people, community, water, and place.
It invites new ways to build a dynamic and inclusive community of scholars, practitioners, and engaged thinkers and includes work from multiple perspectives, sources, and knowledge bases, including academic scholarship and community‐based knowledge. Visit Open Rivers to learn more!
As the voice of the program, the River Talk blog opens up a discussion about current river problems and opportunities by presenting new insights and raising questions that challenge old ways of thinking. To learn more, visit our blog.
See our recent blog series Katrina Plus Ten on the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and Living with the Mississippi, a series that examines the history of Twin Cities river flats communities.