Cynthia Malone. Photo:
Cynthia Malone. Photo:

POSTPONED! Race and Equity Reading Group: Understanding Systemic Racism in Conservation - Towards an Anti-Colonial Environmental Stewardship

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 1:00pm




WebEx Meeting Center (online)

PLEASE NOTE THIS CALL HAS BEEN POSTPONED! If you are interested in knowing when it will take place, please email Lauren Hertel.

If we are interested in building a global environmental stewardship that is anti-colonial and anti-racist, we must understand where and how colonialism and white supremacy manifest across natural sciences and applications in conservation practice.

In this reading group, we will explore works from Sylvia Wynter and Frantz Fanon alongside examples of contemporary conservation practice to highlight the connections between global conservation, scientific racism, and imperialism.

We will discuss the limitations of diversity frameworks for addressing systemic inequities in environmental fields and take seriously the demands of past and present land-based struggles for Black and Indigenous liberation.

Participants are encouraged to work in full awareness of their positionalities (in terms of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability) as they navigate these readings, our discussion, and their individual practice moving forward.

Speaker Bio

Cynthia Malone is a scientist and activist from New York City. Following nearly a decade of global conservation research and practice, Cynthia is currently researching scientific racism in the applied natural sciences and how Black peoples across the diaspora contest this racism in land-based struggle, scholarship, and music. Since 2015, Cynthia has participated in political education and direct action organizing in the movement for Black lives.  She is a member and former organizing co-chair of Black Youth Project 100’s NYC Chapter. In 2017 she was named one of Grist magazine’s 50 “Fixers” in recognition of her leadership in advocacy for equity in conservation and STEM. Cynthia holds a Masters in Conservation Biology from Columbia University, where she worked with farmers in Cameroon to understand conflict with wildlife amidst increasing industrial oil palm expansion. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Zoology and a Bachelors of Science in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she completed an honors thesis on orangutan nesting ecology in Borneo, Indonesia.


To register for this call please email Lauren Hertel.

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