Collective Agency and Community Resilience: Black Agricultural Cooperatives and Building Sustainable Communities

Tue, Mar 14, 2017, 4:30 pm

Monica M. White is an assistant professor of Environmental Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a joint appointment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology. Her research engages communities of color and grassroots organizations that are involved in developing sustainable community food systems as a strategy to respond to issues of hunger and food inaccessibility. She is currently completing her first book, Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement, under contract with the University of North Carolina Press, which contextualizes new forms of contemporary urban agriculture within the historical legacies of African American farmers who fought to acquire and stay on the land. Using historical and contemporary examples, Freedom Farmers examines the development of farmers’ cooperatives as strategies of resistance, and documents the ways that these organizations, in general, and Black farmers specifically, have contributed to the Black Freedom Movement. Her talk will draw on this work. 

About Series:

In spring 2017, PEI is launching Global Perspectives on Environmental Justice. This event series will feature writers, filmmakers, other visual artists, and scholars whose work engages fundamental questions of environmental justice. Our visitors will address the political, imaginative and ethical challenges that result from unequal exposure to environmental risk and unequal access to environmental resources.

Global Perspectives on Environmental Justice is coordinated by:
Anne McClintock, A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Rob Nixon, Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment. 

Guyot Hall, Room 10