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2020 Vision, A Black Walden Pond & Other Musings

Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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Author of “Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors,” Dr. Carolyn Finney, will share her work on African Americans and environmental issues to consider this moment of racial reckoning and the creative responses to environmental and social challenges that are emerging.   

Christian Cooper.  George Floyd. Removal of Confederate Statues.  Renaming of institutions.  Reparations.  Systemic Racism.  John Muir?  What does "environment" have to do with it?  How do we meet this moment? Drawing from her book, her relationships “in the field”, her lived experience, and this moment of reckoning, Dr. Finney explores the complexities and contradictions of American history as it relates to green space, race and the power to shape the places we live in our own image. By engaging in “green” conversations with black people from around the country, Dr. Finney considers the power of resistance and resilience in the emergence of creative responses to environmental and social challenges in our cities and beyond.

PLEASE NOTE: The date for this event has been updated.

Dr. Finney will deliver Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Class of 1945 lecture in sponsorship with Ithaca Children's GardenThe Learning Farm, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Finger Lakes Land Trust.


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