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As Ungovernable as Mud: Wetlands, Agriculture, Central Illinois and the Mississippi Watershed

Uptown Campus
Lavin Bernick Center
Kendall Cram

Featuring Ryan Griffis and Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes

ByWater Institute Future Cities // Future Coasts Speaker Series, in collaboration with the Anthropocene River Campus 

Ryan Griffis is an artist and Associate Professor and Chair of New Media at the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is a field station collaborator in the Mississippi: An Anthropocene River project and a participant in the Anthropocene River campus. Ryan will discuss the watery realities of the territory now known as Central Illinois, as a water-land body directly connected to the Gulf via the Mississippi River Watershed. He will also talk about his work with the Deep Time Chicago project that investigates the political ecology of the greater Chicago area through creative practices. Ryan will then enter into conversation with Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, New Orleans musician, writer, naturalist, park ranger, ethnographic photographer, and book author. Bruce and Ryan will discuss the connections between Central Illinois and the Gulf along the Mississippi, how human activity and environmental change upriver have mirrored and impacted downriver people and systems, and what role the arts can play in helping us address these issues.

Sponsored and organized by Tulane ByWater Institute, with support from New Orleans Center for the Gulf South.

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