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The River At Our Doorstep: Taking Advantage of a Unique Opportunity

poster_doorstep_spr2014cNot too many universities are located directly on one of the great rivers of the world.  In fact, I can only think of one: the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus, which is bisected by the Mississippi and is located, as well, inside the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

This fact of geography offers us at the University unique opportunities and, it could be argued, unique responsibilities.  We’re a land grant school, charged with developing practical knowledge that is helpful to the people of our state.  The Mississippi River, though, is not just a statewide resource: it is truly a significant regional, national, and global water system.  What we do here has implications for urban rivers everywhere.  The road from thinking about our own backyard to thinking about the planet is challenging, but must be undertaken.

University faculty, staff, students, and community partners will take some steps on this journey at a workshop “The River at Our Doorstep” on Friday, February 28.  The morning session will begin at 9:00 and will focus on research programs, needs, and opportunities.  The afternoon session, commencing at 1:00, will take up questions of teaching and public programs.

The workshop will be in Coffman Memorial Union, the President’s Room on the 3rd Floor.

All river rats are welcome!  For more information, see the River Life events page, or contact Pat Nunnally at

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  1. Friday Favorites Blogroll: America’s Waterway | River LifeFebruary 28, 2014 at 7:43 am

    […] And speaking of inform, if you’ve read this far, you’re obviously interested in the Mississippi River! River Life is hosting two workshops today, Friday 2/28, in Coffman Union on the Minneapolis campus to develop ideas for research, teaching, and programs on the Mississippi River corridor.  Do come join us if you’re in the neighborhood and have some time.  Further information is here. […]

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