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MUSE 2021: Fireside Chat with Dr. Carolyn Finney

Samantha Adams
Monday, February 22, 2021
6:00-7:00 PM
Off Campus Location
For our keynote public event at this year's MUSE Conference, we are lucky to have Dr. Carolyn Finney in conversation with Samantha Adams. Finney will present work, followed by a discussion with Adams and audience Q&A. All are welcome to join in.

Dr. Carolyn Finney is a storyteller, author and a cultural geographer. She is deeply interested in issues related to identity, difference, creativity, and resilience. Carolyn is grounded in both artistic and intellectual ways of knowing - she pursued 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., M.A. (gender and environmental issues in Kenya and Nepal) and a Ph.D. (where she was a Fulbright and a Canon National Science Scholar Fellow). Along with public speaking, writing, media engagements, consulting & teaching, she served on the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board for eight years. Her first book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors was released in 2014. Recent publications include Self-Evident: Reflections on the Invisibility of Black Bodies in Environmental Histories (BESIDE Magazine, Montreal Spring 2020), and The Perils of Being Black in Public: We are all Christian Cooper and George Floyd (The Guardian, June 3rd 2020). She is currently working on a performance piece about John Muir (The N Word: Nature Revisited) while doing a two-year residency in the Franklin Environmental Center at Middlebury College as the Environmental Studies Professor of Practice.

Samantha Adams is a Milwaukee native, freshwater enthusiast, and Doctoral Candidate in the English and Women & Gender Studies program at the University of Michigan. A budding scholar in African American Literature, Black feminisms, and Ecocriticism, she is particularly curious about relationships between Black people and bodies of water, and how those relationships are reflected in literature

We are grateful to the Department of English Language & Literature for their financial support of this event.

Please register using our EventBrite link:
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: African American, Black America, Black History Month, Environment, Environmental Humanities, Humanities, Social Sciences, Storytelling, Sustainability
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Michigan University-wide Sustainability and Environment Initiative (MUSE), Department of English Language and Literature