“The Theory and Practice of Rivers” is a talk and workshop exploring the relationship between stream and story in Indiana and beyond. The talk is rooted in Ryan’s book on Fort Wayne’s Maumee River and makes the argument that rivers and streams are a repository of—and participant in—community memory. This talk is followed by a workshop session in which attendees will start creating their own “river stories.” Attendees will leave with a new set of lenses and tools for thinking about their relationships to the natural world, using water (and encounters with bodies of water) as an entry point.
This is a free event, open to the public, with coffee and treats provided by Bob Evans Restaurant. No pre-registration is required. Street and lot parking are available on both sides of the Museum.
Ryan Schnurr is a writer, editor, and teacher from northeast Indiana, and an assistant professor in the Department of Humanities at Communication at Trine University. His first book, In the Watershed, traces the history, culture, and environment of the largest watershed in the Great Lakes region through the lens of a week-long trip from the headwaters of the Maumee River, in Fort Wayne, to its mouth in Toledo, Ohio.