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River Life is a program that integrates university and community partners, responding to the university's location on one of the great rivers of the world, in a national park, in Dakota homeland.  This location raises questions about how this metropolitan water system has been created and understood, who benefits from changes to these water landscapes, and how the waterscape reflects and reinforces systems of power and inequality. Through the journal, Open Rivers, we invite people to think about the intersections of water, place, community and equity in the Twin Cities, on the Mississippi, and with water globally. River Life's staff works to create digital platforms that serve as an incubator for public-facing scholarship.

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Live at the Fair with Tom Weber of MPR News and Ann Bancroft

Noted explorer Ann Bancroft wants to bring about environmental awareness to North America by traveling down the Mississippi River as a part of her Access Water project with fellow explorer and educator Liv Arneson. She was joined by River Life's own Patrick Nunnally for an interview with Tom Weber of MPR News on August 30, 2017 at the Minnesota State Fair. Visit MPR News to hear a recording of the interview, and to read a summary of their conversation. This conversation was also a kickoff event for a new series from MPR titled The Water Main which aims to "[make] sense of the complex world of water and what it means to you."

"The River Runs Through Us" at Water Resource Sciences Seminar

On February 16, IAS/River Life staff Joanne Richardson and Laurie Moberg addressed the weekly seminar held by the Water Resource Sciences (WRS) graduate program.  Their talk, "The River Runs Through Us," highlights the particular programs that make up River Life's work, and conveys as well the core values and principles that underlie our work.  Our charge, to be part of the University's responsiveness to its unique location on the Mississippi, in a national park, in Dakota homeland, requires that we reach broadly across the campus to audiences like those at the WRS gathering, as well as to community groups.  Joanne and Laurie engaged with a dozen or more graduate students, faculty, and staff, and very likely came away having recruited writers for Open Rivers and participants in the upcoming We Are Water set of programs.

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