Water, Place, and Community
River Life is a program of the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota that creates new knowledge about the relationships between water, place, and community by connecting campus to community work and needs.
See more information about We Are Water, an exhibit and event series this fall including weekly River Walks on Wednesdays at noon, leaving from the Northrop plaza. We Are Water is a partnership that was formed to tell Minnesota’s water stories collaboratively, bringing together personal narratives, historical materials, and scientific information.
The Challenge and Opportunity
Located on the banks of one of the world’s great rivers, the University of Minnesota, through its teaching, research, and campus practices, is a model for developing future-oriented, resilient relationships between communities and water. Water is essential to humanity's well-being, and is also threatened in myriad ways. Working with communities of scholars and professionals on and off campus, River Life creates knowledge-sharing programs including the digital journal Open Rivers, a spatial platform that maps "water stories," and a series of public events around the twin themes "We Are Water" and "The River at Our Doorstep." River Life also maintains a blog and a vibrant social media presence. River Life uses these activities to increase interdisciplinary and cross-sector capacity to address the related issues of water and justice, two of society's greatest challenges.