An Interdisciplinary Journey Along the Lower Mississippi River | Newberry

An Interdisciplinary Journey Along the Lower Mississippi River

Friday, February 3, 2017

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dr. Jeff Sundberg. Lake Forest College
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Our Environmental Studies seminar focuses on the Mississippi River, looking at a wide variety of topics in an interdisciplinary framework. The course examines many ways the river affects the environment and human activity, as well as how the environment and human activity affect the river. The seminar will provide highlights of some of the topics covered in the class, including engineering and flood control efforts, as well as the effects of flooding; historic and modern transportation uses; settlement patterns by both Native Americans and colonists; the Mississippi Delta, cotton, slavery, sharecropping, and the Great Migration; local plants and animals, and population trends; and the history of New Orleans. A theme throughout the course is how the river has influenced the mixing of cultures and the wonderful effect that has had on American music.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 7, 2016. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.