Public Event

Sweet Water Seas: From Shorelines to Storylines
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 South Gregory
Urbana (View Map)

Nina-Marie Lister
Graduate Program Director and Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University


Professor Lister will reflect on our relationship with the Great Lakes Basin —the land-lake interface specifically —over the last century, and the last 25 years in particular. Through the lens of her own experience living and working on the northern edges of these lakes, she draws insights into the complexity of this regional, bi-national land-water system, to explore transboundary and transdisciplinary relationships that have shaped the basin, and that reveal strategic interventions that have alternatingly sacrificed and saved these waters. In unpacking this complexity, she frames the Great Lakes Basin as both litmus and agent of change, and from this, projects forward a renewed agency of design for these “sweet waters,” and our own resilience.

This lecture is part of the symposium FRESH WATER: Design Thinking for Inland Water Territories hosted by the Department of Landscape Architecture, September 13-15, 2018.

Hosted by: Department of Landscape Architecture

In conjunction with: Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Department of Entomology, Department of Geography & Geographic Information Science, Department of Geology, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Department of Philosophy, Department of Sociology, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Illinois State Water Survey, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE)