“People often ask me, how did you come up with this subject?” says Carolyn Finney, assistant professor of society and the environment. “And part of it was academic — I’m reading stuff in classes, I’m not seeing very much at all in geography about African Americans and the environment, that interaction. And when I do it’s about environmental justice, which is kind of a narrowly defined experience of the environment.
“But I’m in many ways more interested in the public conversation,” she adds. “How are we having this conversation in the newspapers, on TV, who are we seeing, who are we not seeing, what are the stereotypes?”