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Potbelly Perspectives: Seeking Harmony and Common Ground

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Potbelly Perspectives: Seeking Harmony and Common Ground


Ben Barron, banjoist and lead vocalist for the Infamous Flapjack Affair, will tell the story of this journey, and the making of the award-winning film Confluence that documents it. From the rim of the Grand Canyon to a ranch in Northwest Colorado, from the contended lands of Bears Ears National Monument and the awe-inspiring vistas of Canyonlands to the sweeping alpine forests of Rocky Mountain National Park, from the banks of the free-flowing Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument to the imposing Glen Canyon Dam, Confluence explores one of the world's most important, most spectacular, and most endangered river systems.

The film paints the Colorado River as a metaphorical confluence of ecological regions, diverse human cultures, and intense controversy over the use of land and resources. The people the band met -- an NPS ranger, a Havasupai medicine woman, a Navajo musician, a Colorado rancher, and a USGS scientist -- all leave their mark on what becomes a profound and moving story of human connection to place. Music may be just the tool we need to inspire a new conversation, to let our public lands unite us instead of dividing us.

Join Ben for behind-the-scenes storytelling, excerpts from the film, and live performances of songs composed during the Confluence journey!

Tea, donated by Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Company, beer, donated by Aspen Brewing Company, and cookies will be offered during lecture.



Map Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, 100 Puppy Smith St, Aspen, Colorado 81611, Aspen, United States
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