Carolyn Finney: Black Faces, White Spaces via ZOOM

March 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sliding scale; tickets start at $5

Why are African Americans so underrepresented when it comes to interest in nature, outdoor recreation, and environmentalism? In this thought-provoking study, Carolyn Finney examines how the natural environment has been understood, commodified, and represented by both white and black Americans. 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.

Finney reveals the perceived and real ways in which nature and the environment are racialized in America. Looking toward the future, she also highlights the work of African Americans who are opening doors to greater participation in environmental and conservation concerns.

Carolyn is grounded in both artistic and intellectual ways of knowing – she pursed an acting career for eleven years, but five years of backpacking trips through Africa and Asia, and living in Nepal changed the course of her life. Motivated by these experiences, Carolyn returned to school after a 15-year absence to complete a B.A., an M.A. (both of these degrees focused on gender and environmental issues in Kenya and Nepal, respectively) and a Ph.D. (which focused on African Americans and environmental issues in the U.S.).

Visit Carolyn’s website to learn more about her innovative and important work.

This talk is sponsored by The Nature Museum.


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