Confluence: Where Great Ideas Flow Together



Episode 89 rounds out Confluence’s series on the Willow Alliance, in conversation with Dr. Ruth Plenty Sweetgrass-She Kills, who leads the project. She talks about her time as a student in academia and how that guides the work she does now, exploring how Indigenous scholarship and knowledge can best interact with Western educational institutions.



Shot in one of the most rugged and fire-prone wilderness areas in the United States, this film by UM graduate sud Mark Kreider shows leading fire ecologists working to better understand wildfire and highlights the importance of fire as a fundamental natural process. “Fire in the Wilderness” reveals a landscape where fire is an agent of destruction but also one of stability and rejuvenation—a balancing force that creates space for new growth and adaptation.


Thanks for stopping by the Graduate School’s media page, where we provide tributaries of words, sounds, and images for you to follow as you explore the special confluence that is the University of Montana!

Confluence captures the role graduate students play in channeling the energy, vitality, and creativity of the three major “streams” of the University of Montana’s mission: an excellent undergraduate education, an inspired enterprise in research and creative scholarship, and a commitment to place.

The confluence of the Clark Fork River and Rattlesnake Creek, depicted above, has had a special significance for centuries, beginning with the Salish people, who named the streams that flow together on the northern edge of our campus: “place of the small bull trout” (nłˀaycčstm).

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