The McClain Program for Environmental Studies and the William James Forum welcome Dr. Carolyn Finney of the University of Kentucky for a public talk about “Radical Presence: Black Faces, White Spaces, and Other Stories of Possibility.” The talk will be on Thursday, December 1st at 5pm in Litrenta Hall of the Toll Science Center.
Finney is a cultural geographer who explores the relationship between African Americans and the environment in the both the past and present. Her talk will be drawn from her book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors (UNC, 2014) which centers on the role of race and racism in shaping the American landscape and the environmental movement. The aim of her work is to develop greater cultural competency within environmental organizations and institutions, challenge media outlets on their representation of difference, and increase awareness of how privilege shapes who gets to speak to environmental issues and determine policy and action.
Please join us for this exciting event and help us spread the word by inviting others.