About Thinking Like a River
Funded by a $383,000 grant from the Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Foundation, the initiative brings the college community together with local citizens to “comprehend, celebrate and create an enduring culture of sustainability on rivers.” The project integrates perspectives from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities and arts in experiential learning environments to connect, protect and reflect on rivers.
“Thinking Like a River” encompasses three central components – a floating seminar series, a curriculum designed to encourage and engage visitors at the Goodall Center, and a Fellows program.
Dr. David S. Wood, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, says, “The MAC Foundation has recognized the important and innovative work our faculty has launched in our environmental studies program, and they have done so in a dramatic manner. Their support will enhance the experiences we provide for our students while having a high impact on our local community, our region, and, most importantly, our rivers. We are grateful and indebted to them for their generosity and to our program faculty, Kaye Savage, John Lane and Terry Ferguson for their energy and creativity. What you see here is genuinely distinctive and will have a disproportionately positive impact for all.”
“Rivers in the South have always worked hard for a living, and we in environmental studies hope that the MAC Foundation funding of the ‘Thinking Like a River’ initiative will help raise the watershed consciousness of our community,” says John Lane.
The MAC Foundation has supported Wofford’s environmental education and outreach since 2009. Funding from the foundation has been used to implement a week-long environmental science workshop for middle school teachers and an environmental writing workshop for students, teachers and community members.
The MAC Foundation is the legacy of Margaret A. Cargill and was created at her direction after her death in 2006. Ms. Cargill was the granddaughter of one of the founders of Cargill Inc., an iconic brand in agribusiness. The foundation’s vision is “dedication to providing meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts, the environment, and all living things.” The core purpose is providing assistance and support to enhance the quality of life for children, families and seniors; prevent and relieve suffering; preserve and promote the environment and the arts; and encourage and support the humane treatment of animals. More information can be found atwww.macfoundation.org.