Each fall Wofford hosts the Thinking Like a River Symposium, consisting of panel discussions, lectures, talks and reading discussing what poet and novelist has called "the theory and practice of rivers." We try to bring in three visitors-- one from each of our environmental studies disciplines of science, social science, and arts/humanities. What ensues is a community-wide conversation which has always concluded in a communal excursion down a local waterway.
The Symposiums: October 11-14, 2012 Thinking Like a River Symposium October 11th - 2:30pm - The topic of “Thinking Like A River? A Roundtable Discussion & Workshop,” moderated by Professor John Lane and Dr. Kaye Savage, included an introduction of our four guest panelists: Susan Fox Rogers, author of My Reach, A Hudson River Memoir; Mike Freeman, author of Drifting, Two Weeks on the Hudson; Allison Hedge Coke, author of Blood Run; and David Furbish, hydrologist at Vanderbilt University and author of Fluid Physics in Geology and many research articles. The afternoon event concluded with a workshop. October 11th – 7:00pm - Our topic of “Confluence Thinking: A Science/Humanities Conversation,” featured a dialogue between two of our guest panelists, Allison Hedge Coke and David Furbish, and was moderated by Dr. Laura Barbas Rhoden, associate professor of Spanish. October 12th – The symposium continued with an afternoon visit to the Goodall Center with ENVS students and a 7:00pm program “The Hudson: One River, Two Voices” which featured a dialogue between Susan Fox Rogers and Mike Freeman and was moderated by Dr. Gerald Thurmond, professor of sociology. October 13th & 14th – An overnight float trip down the Pacolet River with a group of 12 including three of the visiting authors, three ENVS students, faculty from two departments, the Goodall Center outreach coordinator, and our outfitter.
October 3-4, 2013 Thinking Like a River Symposium II
The theme of the symposium was “Undiscovered Tributaries” and the programs featured panel discussions with three visiting “Thinking Like a River” fellows: Margo Farnsworth, a consultant in strategic development, an adjunct faculty member at Lipscomb University, and a senior research consultant for Cumberland River Compact; Jon Calabria, profess or for landscape architecture at University of Georgia; and Hal Crimmel, professor of writing and literature at Weber State University.