RACE IN THE 21ST CENTURY / Friday, Oct. 16, 3 p.m. / Topic: “Environmental Justice for All”

Friday, Oct. 16, 3 p.m.

Topic: “Environmental Justice for All”

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Please join us this Friday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. for the eighth panel of the series: “Environmental Justice for All.” This panel will feature Dr. Tony Abbott, professor of Environmental Studies, and Dr. Benjamin Tanner, associate professor and Chair of Environmental Studies, as they engage in a conversation around race and placemaking.

Examining the memorialization of William Bartram, a natural historian and early American explorer of Florida in the late 1700s, Dr. Abbott’s elucidates how the natural world intertwines with the social world. In doing so, he shows how personal privilege is carried forth to create a construct of that which constitutes the “Southern.”

As a long held natural resource for Cherokee Indians living in present day North Carolina, rivercane carries with it both a physical and a symbolic place of importance. Drawing from his work with the Eastern Band of Cherokee, Dr. Tanner describes how the restoration of rivercane to the North Carolina mountain floodplains facilitates a reclamation and restoration of place, practice and belonging for this community.

Reflecting on the interconnectedness of the natural environment to human sensemaking, we engage the question, “How do past and present landscapes, land use, and rights produce racialized constructions of places and spaces?”

RACE IN THE 21ST CENTURY, is a weekly, one-hour discussion hosted by Sociologist Dr. Sharmaine Jackson and sponsored by the Africana Studies Program. Delivering to viewers extraordinary perspectives on current events and accomplishments unfolding in, and around our community, this series takes a deep dive into race by delivering stories that engage us on issues related to Black lives and racial justice.