Thursday, September 16, 2010

Did the U pull the plug on a muckraking film?

"Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story has been nearly four years in the making. A team of researchers, filmmakers, and scientists have been up and down the Mississippi River, knee deep in swamps and icy waters, and elbow deep in footage and research. The film, by the U of M's Bell Museum of Natural History, focuses on agriculture, pollution, and sustainable solutions. Now, suddenly, its premiere has been canceled, and no one can say exactly why."  Is a relationship between the U and agribusiness to blame?  Read the story in the Twin Cities Daily Planet.  (Or The Strib.  Or the City Pages blog.)

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  2. The story has also been picked up by the Chronicle of Higher Education:

    http://chronicle.com/blogPost/U-of-Minnesota-Halts-Showing/27023/?sid=pm&utm_source=pm&utm_medium=en

    This story could be worth investigating further. (Anyone?) The Daily Planet has given it a start by bringing this to public attention, but there are still a lot of questions to be asked about what happened and why. Could make a great investigative project for someone in our class...

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