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New Voices on River Issues

January 28, 2013Patrick NunnallyFormer Featured Posts, Guest Posts, Program & AnnouncementsComments Off on New Voices on River Issues

Those of us fortunate enough to spend time teaching realize that our students–the river leaders who will follow us–have a lot of talent.  They’re learning their way around the issues, and haven’t fully found their voice and their role yet, but the students I’m lucky enough to work with are passionate about making change in the world and committed both to learning what needs to happen and trying to make those changes.  Learning AND doing, that “both/and” thing I find myself thinking about so much.

Over the next week or so, River Talk will give some space to some of the most interesting new voices we’ve heard recently.  These five young people were all students in my Honors Seminar last fall, “Living Sustainably with the Mississippi River.”  They aren’t the only ones who wrote good blog posts, but had the best combination, we think, of choosing an important topic and addressing it with a distinctive voice and sense of themselves.

We hope you agree that students like these are promising lights for the future of sustainable rivers.  And if you have students you’d like for us to feature, or know of a voice we haven’t heard from much, do give us a shout and we’ll try to include them.

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