Still image from the film “The Uncompromising Hand” (2017) by Andrea Carlson
Still image from the film “The Uncompromising Hand” (2017) by Andrea Carlson
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Andrea Carlson ’05, MFA, and faculty member Jen Caruso are participating in a project called Sediment, Settlement, Sentiment: The Machinic River. Carlson is contributing an original film about the Mississippi River and the headwaters region while Caruso is leading an Anthropocene workshop as part of Field Station 1, an event that is part of the larger project.

Field Station 1 considers the stretch of land that extends from the Mississippi River’s headwaters at Lake Itasca, down to the unglaciated region that crosses southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin, and northeastern Iowa known as the Driftless. This stretch of the Mississippi River marks both its “natural” and “anthropogenic” origin, where a small creek becomes a continental torrent, where the Dakota, Ojibwe, and many other native peoples centered their material and spiritual lives, and where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has pursued its mandate to organize, manage, and direct the river’s flow for almost two centuries.

Field Station 1: Sediment, Settlement, Sentiment
September 20-21
St. Anthony Falls Visitors Center (Minneapolis)

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