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Imagining the River: The Mississippi Gorge – Roundtable Discussion with Pat Nunnally, Mona Smith, Chris Lenhart, Christine Baeumler, and Scott Vreeland, December 3, 2009

Tucked below the street level and parkways in south Minneapolis and the Highland neighborhood of St. Paul, the Mississippi River Gorge is, literally, often overlooked. Located between the Minnesota/Mississippi River confluence and the Falls of St. Anthony, this reach of the river lacks the drama and evident historical significance of those spots. But it is beautiful, a regional recreational asset, the only true gorge on the entire Mississippi River, and may hold the key to a future sustainable relationship with the urban river. A panel of scientists, artists, historians, and community advocates speak about how their imagined futures for the gorge speak more broadly to our relationship with the river.
Cosponsored by¬†the Institute on the Environment¬†and¬†The Telling River Stories project, part of the University of Minnesota’s¬†River Life Program.

Introduction by Pat Nunnally, River Life program, Institute on the Environment, speaking as a historian and moderator

Mona Smith, media artist, Allies: media/art (video withheld by request)

Chris Lenhart, Post Doctoral Associate, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering

Christine Baeumler, Associate professor, Department of Art and Art History

Scott Vreeland, Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner

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