1. Eau Claire poet Karen Loeb reads during the 2016 Wisconsin Book Festival.

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  2. From memories of lazy Sundays floating down the Wolf River in an innertube to tales of toxic chemicals flowing freely into the Fox, the stories we tell about water in Wisconsin shape the ways we understand our most precious natural resource. In this Academy Talk from March 22, 2016, two beloved writers share the story of water in Wisconsin and provide some insight into where it has been—and where it is going.

    Environmental journalist Peter Annin is well versed in the long history of political maneuvers and water diversion schemes that have proposed sending Great Lakes water everywhere from Akron to Arizona. He will analyze the several noteworthy Great Lakes diversions that already exist, and shed light on potential water diversions of the future, including the controversial water diversion application submitted by Waukesha in 2010.

    Author and Academy Fellow Jerry Apps writes fiction and non-fiction against the backdrop of agriculture, frac sand mining, and cranberry harvesting—industries that increasingly are shaping Wisconsin’s relationship with water. Apps will examine the issues rural communities face when outside forces make big promises but ultimately challenge the fundamental values of a community, including the right to their own water.

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  3. Oneida artist Karen Ann Hoffman of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is sharing her knowledge of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) raised beadwork with a group of apprentices and friends. This short video focuses on Hoffman’s work with Rodrick Elm (also of Stevens Point), who undertook a formal apprenticeship to learn raised beadwork, and her informal teaching relationship with eleven-year-old Coral Cook of Gresham, Wisconsin. This video was produced by Tom Moss for the James Watrous Gallery.

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  4. From our pines and sugar maples in the north to our oaks in the south, we have more forest in Wisconsin today than at any other time in the last 100 years. Join us for an evening with ecologist David Mladenoff who will guide us through the vast and winding history of our state’s forests. For 30 years, Mladenoff has examined how both natural and historical disturbances have affected our forests. Mladenoff believes our task is to understand and meet the challenges of climate change, globalization of trade, and the diversity of land ownership in order to ensure the sustainability of our forests into the future.

    This talk is presented in conjunction with the new exhibit LOGJAM at the James Watrous Gallery. LOGJAM features the work of Brenda Baker, Kevin Giese, and Mark Iwinski, three Wisconsin artists whose sculpture and prints inspire reflection on environmental restoration and the health of our forests. Through photographs, artifacts, and text, the exhibition also considers the legacy of the Wisconsin clearcut, the rise of the industrial forest, and the move toward more sustainable forestry.

    Video capture is courtesy of Wisconsin Public Television's University Place.

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  5. While everyone in Wisconsin has a story about an epic blizzard or a harrowing thunderstorm, it can be challenging to tell stories about changes to our climate over time. We come to understand the world around us through stories. This is especially true for phenomena we may not think about every day that still has a huge effect on our lives, such as climate change. In this Academy Talk, UW-Madison journalism scholar and science communicator Sharon Dunwoody examines the ways in which stories give meaning to our world by exploring the evolution and influence of stories about climate change. These are stories crafted by scientists, artists, journalists, novelists, video producers, ideologues, but also everyday folk.

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