The Lake Between – Sign Up Soon for International Conference
Interested in Lake Champlain’s past, present and future? Sign up soon to join LCC at The Lake Between (Le lac qui nous unit) – an International Conference designed to bring together academics, business leaders, policy-makers, outdoor enthusiasts, boaters and swimmers, musicians and artists to talk about the lake. The day-long conference will be held at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center in Burlington VT on April 9, 2019 from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM. Costs are $25 per person if you register before December 15, $40 after and include light breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks in addition to the presentations.
To the Abenaki, it was Bitawbagok, “the waters in between,” separating Abenaki and Iroquois homelands. Lake Champlain today links the states of Vermont and New York with the province of Quebec, and the United States with Canada. Across the past 400 years, these waters have shared in an historical legacy of imperial colonization and conflict, international trade and tourism, and in the cross-border management of its fish and fisheries, agricultural runoff, and flood waters. The conference will tell this story engaging with those who care about the Lake and leaders from different disciplines and perspectives to talk about our shared resource, how it is managed and the issues that face it into the future. Details about the three sessions follow.
Session 1, The Past: What is the human history of Lake Champlain? Speakers will tell the story of the deep glacial past that formed the lake; aboriginal use of the watershed; imperial colonization and conflict in the Champlain-Richelieu corridor; and the era of water-borne trade.
Session 2, The Present: How does the lake figure in our lives now? Speakers will deal with international trade, tourism and border security in the Champlain-Richelieu corridor.
Session 3, The Future: What are the emerging issues for human use of the lake? Speakers will deal with international collaboration regarding issues such as agricultural runoff, ecological restoration for fish and fisheries, and the mitigation of flood waters.