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Joy Trip Reading Project: Book Discussion for Black Faces, White Spaces by Carolyn Finney

  • 01/27/2021
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Virtual Meeting - Please RSVP by January 15 to participate in the discussion

The Joy Trip Reading Project


This group is designed to encourage the reading and discussion of books by authors who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Color with a focus on outdoor recreation, inclusive adventures, culturally sensitive conservation and environmental justice.

Each month through 2021 members of the club will engage in discussion on a specific title. If the author is willing we will have the opportunity to experience a  live, interactive forum on their book moderated by journalist James Edward Mills via a Zoom conference.


January 27, 2021 from 5-6p.m. ET

Book Discussion for Black Faces, White Spaces by Carolyn Finney

You will need to join the group to get the zoom link for the discussion.  You must RSVP by January 15 to receive a link.

Join us in this online discussion. Carolyn Finney, PhD is a storyteller, authorand a cultural geographer. The aim of her work is to develop greater cultural competency within environmental organizations and institutions, challenge media outlets on their representation of difference, and increase awareness of how privilege shapes who gets to speak to environmental issues and determine policy and action. Carolyn is grounded in both artistic and intellectual ways of knowing - she pursed 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. (both of these degrees focused on gender and environmental issues in Kenya and Nepal, respectively) and Ph.D. (which focused on African Americans and environmental issues in the U.S.) She has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Canon National Parks Science Scholar and received a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Studies. Carolyn has worked with the media in various capacities including the Tavis Smiley Show, MSNBC, & Vice News Tonight; wrote Op-Eds for Outside Magazine & Newsweek; was a guest editor & contributor for a special section on Race & the National Parks in Orion Magazine; participated in a roundtable conversation with REI and The Atlantic;

Adopting the motto "Research, Education, and Adventure" in 1947, for three generations the ECP has provided the opportunity to learn new skills and meet new friends who share a willingness to accept the physical and mental challenges of outdoor exploration and adventure.

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