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UW Events Focus on Nature and Water Conservation

October 31, 2012 — A symposium and reading on Wyoming water conservation and other water issues are scheduled Nov. 9-10 at the University of Wyoming.

An opening reception is Thursday, Nov. 8, from 6-8 p.m. in the UW Art Museum. After the symposium, a closing reception will take place Saturday, Nov. 10, at 5 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Family Room.

The symposium, titled “Never Drink Downstream: Factual Tales and Artful Musing on Wyoming Water,” will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both Friday, Nov. 9, and   Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Wyoming Union Family Room.

The reading event, “Listening to Nature: An Evening of Readings and Visual Art by Scientists and Artists,” will feature projects focused on nature and the environment Nov. 9 from 6-8 p.m. in the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center auditorium. A reception is scheduled at 5 p.m. The featured readers for this year are Emilene Ostlind, Kristen Gunter, Chris Madsen and Carlos Martinez del Rio.

The symposium will feature more than 35 presenters conveying their experiences with Wyoming water issues, policies and impacts. Presenters include artist Margaret Cogswell, who will discuss her installation artwork, “Wyoming River Fugues,” now on view at the UW Art Museum.

Cogswell’s “Wyoming River Fugues” exhibition is the result of three years of extensive research that included traveling to observe, listen, and record both general and specific landscapes. She searched for sounds or images that capture the pulse of Wyoming rivers and surrounding landscapes and life.

In addition to Cogswell’s speech, Wyoming’s Poet Laureate Pat Frolander will present readings and thoughts on the importance of water to ranchers. For a complete list of presenters, visit and click on the “Upcoming Events” tab.

The UW Colonel Rogers Fund for Excellence supports the events. UW’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, the Wyoming Outdoor Council and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources sponsor the “Listening to Nature” event.

Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the Art Museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 9 p.m. February through April and September through November. Admission is free.

For more information, call the Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit

UW Civil Engineering Professor Fred Ogden conducts water studies in the Snowy Range. He is among speakers at a symposium and art exhibition examining water issues starting Nov. 8 at UW.

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