Tuesday, April 19, 2022 7pm
About this Event
The Reitmeister-Abess Center Environmental Stewardship Award will be presented to Betty Osceola, an Everglades educator, conservationist, and anti-fracking and clean water advocate.
The year 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 Center for the Humanities is partnering with the Office of Civic and Community Engagement to organize a panel discussion that will highlight the connections between the history of the environmental movement and the fight for racial justice.
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.
Professor Robin Bachin, University of Miami
Natalia Brown, Catalyst Miami
Rev. Houston Cypress, Love the Everglades Movement
Commissioner Nancy Metayer, City of Coral Springs
Kathleen Elliott and Robert O’Bryant, Mahogany Youth Corporation
Rachel Silverstein, Miami Waterkeeper
Co-organized by the Center for the Humanities and the Office of Civic and Community Engagement. Sponsored by the Florida Humanities, 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, please visit: https://civic.miami.edu