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.

Digital salon

The salon will include intellectuals from around the U.S. (and hopefully beyond) working on the topic of Black ecology. The salon won’t simply be a discussion, but rather a meditation on commissioned art and writing.