River Data Across
Watersheds and Disciplines

A symposium on watershed health, stewardship,
citizen science, and public humanities

[ Presented by The Lower Schuylkill River Corps Cooperative Public Engagement Seminar ]


Thursday, May 11  |  3:00pm–4:30pm
Meyerson Conference Room, Van Pelt Library, 2nd Floor

How can art + science marry to explore a river’s past, present and futures? The Date/um Installation
With Patricia Kim (Penn, PPEH), Bethany Wiggin (Penn, PPEH), Ben Goldman (Penn State University Libraries), and others interested in exploring public engagement projects on river data across the arts and sciences


Friday, May 12  |  9:00am–5:00pm
Meyerson Conference Room, Van Pelt Library, 2nd Floor


  • Co-Conveners, Lower Schuylkill River Corps: Peter DeCarlo (Drexel University); Danielle Redden (River Program's Manager, Bartram's Garden); Bethany Wiggin (Faculty Director, PPEH) 
  • Rebecca Hayden Kennedy (President, Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley)
  • Erin Frederick (Coordinator, Master Watershed Steward Program)
  • Ted Auch (Great Lakes Program Coordinator, FracTracker)

10:30am-10:45am. COFFEE BREAK 


  • Roland Wall (Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel)
  • Ben Goldman (Penn State University Libraries)
  • Sara Grossman (Center for Humanities & Information, Penn State)

12:00pm-1:30pm. SCHUYLKILL RIVER RESEARCH SEMINAR (Lunch will be served)

Jason M. Kelly (IUPUI, Rivers of the Anthropocene), "ANTHROPOCENE METHODOLOGIES"

What kinds of methodologies might help us better understand the Anthropocene?  What are the ways in which the Anthropocene forces us to rethink our methodologies? Using the Rivers of the Anthropocene Project as a case study, this presentation examines the Anthropocene as both a conceptual category and a lived reality that forces us to revise our scholarly practices. It pays particular attention to emerging modes of publicly engaged scholarship in the social sciences and humanities -- and their implications for how we might restructure our institutions of higher education and reposition them in the civic context.

1:30pm-2:00pm. BREAK

2:00pm-4:00pm. NEXT STEPS