Follow the Water Walks developed models for intergenerational, community-engaged walks through choreographic, scientific, and cultural research. The walks and related activities offered an embodied experience of natural and man-made water systems, with attention to storm water routes from the East Tremont neighborhood to the Bronx River. The residency, a partnership with the Bronx River Alliance, activated the community’s cultural and environmental knowledge through movement explorations and GIS mapping strategies.
Rebecca Boger’s educational background and work experience have given her an interdisciplinary background in GIS, marine science, science education, geography and statistics. In 1998, she received a Knauss Fellowship in Marine Policy and worked for the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program on the science team. She continued working for GLOBE until June 2007 as an international project scientist, regional desk officer for Africa and the Near East, and deputy director for international and U.S. partnerships. She enjoys building collaborations among scientists, teachers, students and other citizens to undertake science and education projects. She has a keen interest in working in the greater New York City area and in developing countries, particularly Africa. Her research interests include watershed studies and management, wetlands, estuarine habitats and coastal processes.
This symposium focused on the phenomena of New York City’s waterways and weather systems, particularly the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the city and the role of interdisciplinary strategies to create flexible responses to large-scale phenomena. Presenters included Liz Barry, Jessica Einhorn and Lailye Weidman of Higher E.D.; Rebecca Boger, Damian Griffin and Paloma McGregor of Follow the Water Walks; professors John Waldman and Victoria Marshall and research scientist Philip Orton. Performances by Paloma McGregor and Meredith Ramirez Talusan.