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Long Way Round - John Hildebrand - <span class="date-display-single">10/19/2019 - 3:00pm</span>

Long Way Round

10/19/2019 - 3:00pm

Discovery Building - DeLuca Forum

All rivers are connected . . . 


So begins John Hildebrand’s unforgettable journey through America’s heartland in a small boat. Inspired by tales of a mythic Round River, a circular stream where “what goes around comes around,” he sets off to rediscover his home state of Wisconsin. He finds a place in the midst of an identity crisis, torn by political divisions and the widening gulf between city and countryside.


Cobbling rivers together, from the burly Mississippi to the slender wilds of Tyler Forks, Hildebrand navigates the beautiful but complicated territory of home. In once prosperous small towns he discovers unsung heroes—lockmasters, river rats, hotelkeepers, mechanics, environmentalists, tribal leaders, and perennial mayors—struggling to keep their communities afloat. Hildebrand charts the improbable oxbows along the course of history, which is neither a straight line nor inevitable. In Long Way Round we find possibility around the next bend.



Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

John Hildebrand

About Presenter John Hildebrand


John Hildebrand is the author of numerous books, including the award-winning Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family and, more recently, The Heart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac. His essays have appeared in Harper’sAudubon, and Sports Illustrated. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.


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