Poet Camille Dungy, professor of English at Colorado State University, will present, "Black Environmental Writing in a Time of Crisis," at 4:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 13, in East Pyne, Room 111. This is the first talk in the Spring 2019 Environmental Humanities Colloquium.
Dungy will discuss how the history of the United States complicates the ability of many black writers to pen the idealized connection to the natural world that people often expect from nature writing. Dungy mixes her visions of landscapes and animals with investigations into history, economics, resource extraction, police violence, health-care equity, social and environmental justice, and many other concerns. She will discuss how complicating the environmental imagination has expanded the possibilities of who writes environmental literature and how.
Series Background: The Environmental Humanities Colloquium sponsored by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) aims to build an intellectual community of Princeton scholars and graduate students from all backgrounds whose work is animated by — or intersects with — issues central to the environmental humanities. The Spring 2019 Colloquium is organized by PEI associated faculty members Rachel Price, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, and Erika Lorraine Milam, professor of history.