Art Higinbotham: A River Runs Through It

Expanded description:

All readings will be e-mailed to students a week in advance of the session in which they will be presented and discussed. They will take up the first hour of each session and will be shared on the student’s screen in case the student fails to bring a copy of the e-mail to class; students can ask questions relative to content in the first hour. Content will encompass how rising temperature and sea levels will affect each river basin. Supplementary materials may also be shown in the form of photos, videos, and maps.

The second hour will be totally interactive, built around the following questions for each river basin: How will nations affected by changes in a river basin due to climate change react militarily, economically or diplomatically? What programs are these nations likely to adopt to reduce the impacts of climate change, such as the relocation of affected populations and rebuilding infrastructure to avoid these effects? What is the ability of these nations to change energy sources from fossil fuel to clean energy? What is their ability to maintain the diversity of flora and fauna in their countries?


We will be looking at these basins in the following order:

Weeks 1 and 2: Rivers that have their sources in Tibet:

         The Yellow River (Hwang Ho)  China

         The Yangzte River           China, Cambodia, and Vietnam

         The Mekong River           China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia 

         The Salween River          China and Myanmar

         The Irriwaddy River          China and Myanmar

         The Tsangpo/Brahmaputra R.  China, India, Bangla Desh

         The Ganges River           Nepal, India, Bangla Desh

         The Indus River             India, Pakistan, Afghanistan

Week 3:  The Rivers of Siberia         Russia

         The Amu Darya/Syr Darya    Kyrgystan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan

Week 4: The Nile (White and Blue)     Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia

         The Niger River             Mali, Burkino Faso, Nigeria

Week 5:  The Zambesi River            Angola, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique

         The Murray/Darling Rivers     Australia

Week 6:  The Amazon River           Brasil

        The Parana River            Brasil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina

Week 7:  The Rhine/Danube Rivers     Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France

                                    Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania

         The Volga and Don Rivers     Russia, Ukraine

Week 8:  The Missouri/Mississippi R.    United States, Canada