Panel Discussion: River, Water, and Life
Water is at the heart of the current climate emergency. Around the world, this life-giving resource is a point of celebration, exploitation, and conflict. The St. Lawrence River watershed on Haudenosaunee territory, is no exception. In River, Water and Life panel discussions, artists from the exhibition join with other community members to discuss the past, present, and future of the region’s rivers. The conversation will take the form a circular discussion, in which the audience and panelists delve into their relationship with rivers, the threats these waters face, and the importance of safeguarding them.
The event will be presented on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. in the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery. The exhibition on display, Water and Origin: Protecting and Honoring the First Storyteller, will serve as a backdrop for the conversation and is intended to spark critical discussions. River, Water and Life is the first event of The North Country Art, Land, and the Environment Summit, setting the tone for many constructive exchanges to come.
Prof. Sandhya Ganapathy, Global Studies, SLU
· Garth Evans and Leila Phillip, artists from the “Water Rising” Project
· Iakonikonriiosta, artist and museum program coordinator at Akwesasne Cultural Center
· Lee Willbanks, former upper St. Lawrence riverkeeper and member of the Great River Network
· Natasha Smoke Santiago, Akwesasne ceramicist and sculptor
· Prof. Shane Rogers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Clarkson University
· Veronica Blake Lavia and Tzintzun Aguilar-Izzo, artists from the Talking Wings Collective