Saturday University with David Biggs

History Flows from the Mekong Mud

The Mekong or "mother of rivers" is one of the last great rivers yet to be extensively dammed, and a source of life for some of the world's ancient and modern civilizations. Every year, monsoon showers send floods crashing down the rapids at Stung Treng and covering much of the plains in sheets of water laden with nutrient-rich silt. Over centuries, that mud has nourished ancient cities such as Angkor Wat and today one of the world’s great rice baskets, the Mekong Delta. Travel with environmental historian David Biggs on a tour through the Mekong mud to these ancient and modern civilizations, with a discussion of art, hydraulic architecture, and water politics past and present.

About the Presenter:

David Biggs is an Associate Professor of History at the University of California at Riverside. His 2011 book Quagmire: Nation-Building and Nature in the Mekong Delta won the 2012 George Perkins Marsh Prize for best book in environmental history.

Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.


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Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101