Carolyn Finney, UC Berkeley
"Crying the Bones, Singing the Bones: Environmental History, Race and Dreaming into the Future"
April 10, 1201 Academic Learning Commons, 6:00-7:30 pm
Dr. Finney will discuss how much we have in the "bones" of our past related to the environment and race that we mourn, but also that we celebrate. She suggests that in this tension between "crying and singing" we find generative possibilities for science, sustainability and what she calls "radical imaginings."
Dr. Finney is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California at Berkeley. Trained as a geographer, her research investigates the relationship between place, race, and identity and race and natural resource management. Her book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors (U of North Carolina Press, 2014), examines how natural spaces have been understood, represented, and commodified by both black and white Americans to determine who can and should have access to these spaces. She explores the role of memory and identity in African American environmental participation, and the differences regarding perceived exclusion and racism between black and white environmentalists. In addition, she has been part of an environmental education project at Berkeley aimed at finding ways to include people whose voices have not been heard into the public discussion about climate change. For Dr. Finney’s webpage, please click here. For an interview with Dr. Finney on The Tavis Smiley Show, please click here.