November 30 | 5:30PM – 7:00PM
SOLD OUT – Complimentary admission for ERP members
All are welcome – Suggested minimum donation $10 to support a healthy Elizabeth River though not required in our commitment to providing equitable access to our river-related programming
A curated ensemble of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra will begin the evening with an original symphony composed by Norfolk’s JJJJJerome Ellis tracing the Ryan Lab’s planned “wetland migration” as sea levels rise. Ellis is a award-winning and multi-disciplinary artist and proud stutterer whose music explores intersections of ecology, divinity, and disability and whose recent Aster of Ceremonies traces the archive of escaped slave advertisements. The setting will be a juried art show debuted earlier in the month, “All water has a perfect memory.”
Following the brief symphony, a diverse panel of experts in river histories and futures discuss how and why our waterways have changed through time, how they will continue to be reshaped by sea level rise, and our role as stewards in an urban watershed. Panelists will include Mary-Carson Stiff, Executive Director of Wetlands Watch, speaking on the nation’s first “rolling conservation easement,” to be put in place for the Ryan Resilience Lab to ensure its wetlands migrate upland with the rising seas; Walter Priest, a retired wetlands scientist at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, often considered “the father of wetland restoration” in Virginia; Danielle Purifoy, co-curator of the art show, environmental lawyer, and geographer; and Cameron Bruce, a representative from the Nansemond Indian Nation whose Environmental Program focuses on improved water quality and coastal resilience through 3 initiatives: oyster restoration, invasive plant removal, and native plant restoration.
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