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River Stories is a multi-disciplinary project that researches and disseminates the stories of how communities and individuals have lived with rivers.
For more Information see the River Stories collection in River Life’s River Atlas.
There is a central paradox at the heart of our treatment of rivers. We often revere rivers, and the waters that they contain. Yet we are just as likely to poison them, polluting with industrial and human wastes. Telling River Stories asks questions derived from this paradox.
Telling River Stories explores both what rivers mean and have meant to people, but also how that meaning has been expressed.
The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and River Life are participants in a project organized by the Consortium on Humanities Centers and Institutes on “Humanities for the Environment,” which has been generously funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation. The IAS and River Life will focus on the Mississippi River and the ways in which the arts and the humanities help to imagine the futures of the river. The River Atlas, developed by River Life, will serve as a platform for collecting stories about watersheds and other sites of interest throughout the world.