Deep Time and Time Travel Lyceum

by Ty Smith

Deep Time and Time Travel Lyceum on August 29th 2023

On August 29th the Appalachian Center for Civic Life, and specifically the Watershed Project sponsored “Deep Time and Time Travel”, a Lyceum. Dr. Tal Stanley, Coordinator of the Watershed Project, brought two of the collaborators of the Watershed Projectto speak on their individual professions and the role that it plays in understanding place and time.

 

Jeremy Stout is a biogeographer and Naturalist in Residence at Steele Creek Nature Center. Philip Prince is a geologist that specializes in modeling earth processes and demonstrating how the Earth is layered. Both contribute to the deeper understanding of this place of Southwest Virginia and the story behind it. The Watershed Project benefits from their skills in helping the project “step beyond the limits of time” as described by Tal Stanley, Project Coordinator.

 

When asked about the event and why it matters, Stanley responded, “It’s important for us, as citizens, to be able to understand that our places are much more than just us and that the choices we make involve a lot more than us. That understanding has the ability to shift moral and civil paradigms.”

 

The overall goal of the evening was to learn about the geology and ecology of the area in which Emory & Henry is situated with the hope of creating actors from each participant. What we do and how we perceive our role in time and place makes a difference.

 

The next steps for the project are to create an interactive experience and video into deep time on the Watershed website and overall project. The Watershed Project continues to work with Stout, Prince, and others to create “place profiles” of the rivers and mountains of the region.

 

The next Appalachian Center for Civic Life supported event will be the Appalachian Literary Festival taking place Sept 19th and 20th.

 

The next Watershed event, also a Lyceum, will be October 17th for the premiere of the video, A Remembrance.

 

Written by: Kyra Stinson-Wesley

Pictures provided by: Kyra Stinson-Wesley

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