Black Ecologies Discussion Series: Extraction, Disposability and Resistance

The Spring 2021 Black Ecologies Discussion Series will bring together environmental justice organizers, Black farmers, performance and visual artists, and intellectuals with the aim of transforming the epistemology of ecological analysis. These discussions will center three key themes: extraction, disposability and resistance. View the series flyer here. 

Series sponsors include the Institute for Humanities Research, the School of Social Transformation, the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, the IHR Digital Humanities Initiative, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Environmental Humanities Initiative, and the College of Global Futures. 

View past events in this series in the YouTube playlist below. 

Extraction, Disposability and Resistance: Black Ecologies Discussion 1

Wednesday, March 31, 2:30 AZ Time


Speakers: Jillean McCommons & Nico Westbrook in conversation, Dr. Justin Hosbey, Dr. Mako Fitts Ward, Marcus Akinlana, Dr. Sakena Scaggs-Young, Temar France
Hosted by: Alexis Young

The Texas Freedom Colonies Project - Womanist Placemaking Ecologies in African American Settlements

Wednesday, April 7, 2:30 AZ Time


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Andrea Roberts
Presented by: Dr. Rashad Shabazz

Extraction, Disposability and Resistance: Black Ecologies Discussion 2

Wednesday, April 14, 2:30 AZ Time


Speakers: Ebony N. Golden, Eva Dickerson & Emerald Rutledge in conversation, Dr. Hilda Lloréns, Johnnie Cruise Mercer, Dr. Randi Gill-Sadler, Teona Williams
Hosted by: Leah Kaplan

Extraction, Disposability and Resistance: Black Ecologies Discussion 3

Wednesday, April 21, 2:30 AZ Time


Speakers: Dr. Danielle Purifoy, Huewayne Watson, Kamal Bell & Ajamu Amiri Dillahunt in conversation, Dr. Jarvis McInnis, Dr. Shamara Wyllie AlHassan, Dr. Wende Marshall & Kali Akuno in conversation
Hosted by: J.T. Roane

What Remains? Reflections on Memory, Nostalgia and the Ephemerality of Black Geographies

Wednesday, April 28, 2:30 AZ Time


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ashanté Reese
Presented by: Dr. Leslie Alexander


The initiative will partner with one or two Black artists working on these matters.


We hope to partner with a filmmaker whose work centers on Black ecologies topics.


The initiative will coordinate writing with Black Perspectives' ongoing series by the same title edited by Justin Hosbey, Leah Kaplan and J.T. Roane. We will explore forms of writing germane to Black cultural life that don’t get much spin in the academy but which remain significant.


We will bring the community together several times throughout the academic year to discuss Black ecologies and the different projects that the Black Ecologies Initiative will pursue.