floating on warmer waters
In 2016-2017 we're launching a wave of collaborative public arts, history, and citizen science projects. We're engaging diverse publics - from school children to university researchers, from park visitors to city officials and artists - in conversations centered on the Schuylkill River and watershed. We're discussing humans and nature, history, art, the built environment, and ecology. And we're considering the larger question of how we generate new knowledge and practices to address the problems we face in an era of warmer temperatures and rising sea levels, in which humans are the most significant natural force: the anthropocene.
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We're developing a corps of Lower Schuylkill River Guides to lead public kayak, bicycle, and/or walking tours of the river and its banks, with Bartram’s Garden (BG) as a central hub.
Where in time do we place the origin of anthropogenic environmental change? How quickly (or slowly) do environments toxify, adapt, transform, or heal? How soon before we exceed irrevocable concentrations of atmospheric CO2, and what then?
The Toolkit will consider both how integrated knowledge production can address environmental challenges and what tools scholars working across ways of knowing might create not only to maintain but to expand the potential for species-being in the Anthropocene, the age of the human.
Rivers of Energy explores how interdisciplinary and participatory practices of witnessing and knowing can reveal the Lower Schuylkill River (LSR) in Philadelphia as a dynamic infrastructure for past and future energy transformations.
Working in close collaboration with the Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition (EFNC), the Eastwick Oral History Project documents the rich history and complex cultural life of Eastwick — a vibrant community in southwest Philadelphia.
The WetLand Project was among the the inaugural cohort of Whiting Public Engagement Awards. Project collaborators write about their work to make a river's past, present, and future visible from America's oldest botanical garden. The Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship celebrates and supports scholarship that embraces public engagement.