Forest Trails & Forest Tales: Exploring Place, Story, and Climate Change

cloquet.jpgA project led by a ten member interdisciplinary, advisory group including Jonee Kulman Brigham, research fellow at the Center for Sustainable Building Research, will present a free public event, Forest Trails & Forest Tales: Exploring Place, Story, and Climate Change, at the Cloquet Forestry Center on Saturday, June 22 from 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. This event is part of a project called “Conversation-E:
Science + Art in Service to Sustainability” sponsored by the Institute on the Environment in partnership with Green Art
Together Evolving
(GATE) with support from the Cloquet Forestry Center.

Other members of the interdisciplinary University team include Roslye Ultan, Liberal Studies Senior Faculty, Peter Reich, Regents
Professor Department of Forest Resources, and Rebecca A. Montgomery,
Associate Professor, Department of Forest Resources.

In conjunction with the event, an extended workshop (June 21 – 23) and 2 credit course (June 21-August 3, 2013) are available for those interested in further exploring how artists/all arts engage with environmental scientists on
issues of climate change, and other related issues, which impact this
sensitive area. The focus of the workshop and the course will be the Cloquet Forestry area where researchers consider how climate change
affects both form and ecology in the forest.

Thumbnail image for 5945f02.jpgBy investigating the area’s
history and origins, myths and stories, and ecological infrastructure 
of this semi-wilderness, along with environmental transformations
associated with both climate and cultural change, participants will see the
complexity and often indecipherable relationship between the human
communities and natural environments.

The intention is to broaden
fundamental concepts and knowledge through conversations between artists
and environmental scientists. Another objective will be to generate original
research or creative projects. In conjunction with this study there
will be an exhibition of works created, in part, by participating
students and invited artist/scientist teams. Individual or team
presentations and panel discussions are planned for public
participation. Workshop students will engage in a full day open house
and conclude by planning interdisciplinary projects to be completed over
the summer.

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