Bridge collapse symposium kicks off Thursday

A two-day symposium on the aftermath of the August 2007 I-35W bridge collapse begins at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Nolte Center. The symposium will cover a broad range of topics. Over a dozen speakers are expected to discuss the bridge collapse from different perspectives, and to reflect on the consequences and lessons learned since the collapse. A presentation titled âÄúThe City, the River, the BridgeâÄù will kick off the symposium at the Nolte Center. Visiting lecturer Yasmeen Arif, with the University Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, and Minnesota Historical Society Curator Brian Horrigan will present a discussion on the roles of memory, place and identity in the 2007 collapse. A performance at Ted Mann Concert Hall will follow at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, as will more discussions and events on Friday. University President Bob Bruininks will conclude the symposium on Friday afternoon with a capstone comment. The symposium is free and open to the public. Pick up a copy of Monday’s Daily for more.