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Visionary by Design: Towards a New Century of Innovation of the Tennessee River Valley

Thursday, Nov. 8 | 1:00 to 2:30 pm | Toyota Auditorium

Dr. Brad Collett  is an Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at University of Tennessee, Knoxville.



From Knoxville, TN, to Paducah, KY, the Tennessee River stretches 652 miles and touches four states: Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky. Its 41,000 square mile watershed is home to more than 4.5 million residents, over half of which live in communities along its banks, as well as some of our nation’s most important histories, modern accomplishments and ecological treasures.  While foundational to the region’s economic vibrancy and quality of life, the demands that communities place on the Tennessee River and its tributary system, coupled with a changing climate threatens their future health and resiliency, and in turn our own.

This presentation introduces the effort to date, trajectory and interdisciplinary ambitions of the Tennessee River Project: a teaching, research and outreach initiative that seeks to understand the contemporary challenges posed to the Tennessee River system and contemplate visionary planning and design ideas that steward the Valley’s resources while maintaining its legacy of innovation, regionalism and global leadership into the next century.

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