Radical Presence: Black Faces, White Spaces and Stories of Possibility
5:30 | Emerald Necklace Annual Meeting
6:00 | Reception
6:45pm | Lecture 6:45
Book signing and dessert follow the lecture
Presented by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, in partnership with the Museum of African American History and the National Park Service Boston African American National Historic Site
Dr. Carolyn Finney's new book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors, bridges the fields of environmental history, cultural studies, critical race studies, and geography. She argues that the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and racial violence have shaped cultural understandings of the "great outdoors" and determined who should and can have access to natural spaces.
Dr. Finney, whose love of environment was inspired by a backpacking trip around the world and numerous years living in Nepal, explores the relationship of African Americans to the environment and to the environmental movement. Drawing on “green” conversations with African descendants from around the country, she considers the power of resistance and resilience to the environmental and social challenges in our cities and beyond.
An assistant professor in environmental science, policy and management at the University of California Berkeley, Dr. Finney also is a member of the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board. As such, she works with the National Park Service to respond to America’s changing demographics and diversify the ranks of visitors and employees.
There is no cost for this event but space is limited. Pre-registration online is required to guarantee your seat.
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