Race & Place: A Conversation with Author Carolyn Finney
Meet the author of "Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors"
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Cost $20 per ticket
Holden Forests & Gardens is proud to present a talk and Q&A with Carolyn Finney, author of Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors.
Using both academic and artistic ways of knowing, Finney’s work explores the important intersection of race and place, challenging us to question and expand the language of mainstream environmentalism to include a multitude of Black experiences on the land. Her writing incorporates environmental history, arts and culture, and social justice to highlight the past, present, and future of African Americans and the outdoors.
The talk will take place from 1 – 3 p.m. in Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Woodland Hall.
Copies of Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors will be available for purchase at the event. There is time built into the program for a book-signing following Dr. Finney’s talk.
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This program has been generously sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University College of Arts and Sciences and Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.
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Carolyn Finney, PhD
Carolyn Finney, PhD is a storyteller, author and a cultural geographer who is deeply interested in issues related to identity, difference, creativity, and resilience. She pursed an acting career for eleven years, before five years of backpacking 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., M.A. (focused on gender and environmental issues in Kenya and Nepal) and Ph.D. (focused on African Americans and environmental issues in the U.S.) She has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Canon National Parks Science Scholar and received a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Studies. Along with public speaking, writing, consulting and teaching, she served on the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board for eight years, which assists the National Park Service in engaging in relations of reciprocity with diverse communities. Her first book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors was released in 2014 (UNC Press). Carolyn is currently working on a performance piece entitled “The N Word: Nature Revisited” as part of a Mellon residency at the New York Botanical Gardens. Along with being the new columnist at the Earth Island Journal, she was recently awarded the Alexander and Ilse Melamid Medal from the American Geographical Society and is an artist-in-residence and the Environmental Studies Professor of Practice in the Franklin Environmental Center at Middlebury College.