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The U of M is a comprehensive research university committed to civic engagement on the I-35W bridge collapse. Click below to learn more about just a few of the University programs doing this.

  1. Institute on the Environment
      
  2. River Life Program
     
  3. Institute for Advanced Study

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How can the new bridge best fit the needs of civic and economic infrastructure? Of cultural pride of place? Neighborhood tranquility? Click below to hear excerpts from U of M College of Design Dean Dr. Thomas Fisher 's Nov. 14th Telling River Stories public lecture.

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Images from the Metropolitan Design Center 
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The Mississippi River has had many meanings over the centuries--from spiritual center for native Americans to economic engine for 19th century settlement. How will the I-35W bridge collapse change our relationship with the river? Click below to hear U of M geologist Dr. Chris Paola's Telling River Stories public lecture on the biophysical river system.

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The collapse of the I-35W bridge punched a hole in the center of the Minneapolis community, as well as in the region that depends on it as a critical link in the interstate highway system. Click below to hear Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's thoughts on "Rebuilding Common Ground" during the Telling River Stories public lecture series.

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Sound clips from the U of M's free, 8-part public lecture series, Telling River Stories, that concluded Nov. 20 are now available for online listening. Click here for a full directory of speakers.
 

 
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