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Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Civic Activism, and Environmental Justice in Contemporary South Florida
April 19, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Center for the Humanities at the University of Miami is partnering with UM’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement to present a panel discussion that will highlight the connections between the history of the environmental movement and the fight for racial justice. 2022 marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the publication of Marjory Stoneman Douglas’s landmark book, The Everglades: River of Grass (1947). Though Douglas is most noted as an environmentalist, she also engaged in activism for many other causes, including women’s rights, civil liberties, civil rights, and efforts to improve the social conditions of African Americans and of migrant laborers.
The event will begin with a brief presentation of the intersection of Douglas’s environmentalism with her other forms of activism. It will then turn to the same intersections in the present through a discussion with representatives from a number of community organizations. The overview of Douglas’s activism will be presented by Professor Robin Bachin, who is the Charlton W. Tebeau Associate Professor of History, the Founding Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, and is an urban and environmental historian by training.
This program is funded in part through a Florida Humanities Greater Good: Humanities in Academia Grant partnership with the University of Miami, and with in-kind support from University of Miami Libraries.
To learn more about upcoming events related to the celebration of Marjory Stoneman Douglas’s book, The Everglades: River of Grass (1947), and events related to UM’s annual Earth Day celebration, click here.
April 19, 2022 @ 7:00 pm -
April 19, 2022 @ 9:00 pm