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The University of Minnesota hasn’t always oriented toward the Mississippi River, as this early 20th century postcard view of the campus, now East Bank campus, shows.

“River Talk” but what’s it Really About?

Over the summer we transferred the River Talk blog and River Life’s web site from Wordpress to Drupal, in accord with a broader shift at the University of Minnesota.  The summer hiatus gave us a ch

View across the Mississippi River to Minneapolis in the St Anthony Falls Heritage District.

TBT: March for Science Should Highlight Indigenous Science

From April 18, 2017- Saturday’s Earth Day March for Science is gaining worldwide attention.

Low level aerial of UMN Campus and Mississippi River, Metropolitan Design Center

TBT: River Life: Place, Water, Community

Over the past few months, River Life has found its focus shifting a bit - Since 2005, we have worked to raise the visibility of the Mississippi River, particularly on the campus of the University o

View across the Mississippi River to Minneapolis in the St Anthony Falls Heritage District.

#TBT: On Communities of Color and National Parks

Beginning this last February, Black History Month, but continuing far beyond it, this blog will be taking up issues of diversity, inclusion and equity as they pertain to water and “water landscapes

View of the bottomlands along the Mississipi River

#TBT: Climate Change, Heritage, and the “Future(s) of the Past”

Climate change poses a whole host of problems for all of us (whether we acknowledge them or not), but some of those problems have not gotten as much attention as others.

Historic photograph showing Megalops, the research vessel, on the Mississippi River.

#TBT: Megalops in the Blufflands Region c. 1900

Today’s image is from the collections at the University of Minnesota Archives.