The story of land in what we refer to as the United States of America, is complex. We investigate land through many frames, including theft, domination, or stewardship, and still have an incomplete understanding of the layers of fraught meaning and history associated with it. In this event, we shine a light on one slice of that story through the portal of Black history and practice.

Join The New School for Black Lands and the Poetics of Citizenship, a multimedia panel discussion about the contradictions and revelations of Black land ownership in rural America. The event will feature excerpts from the works of  Amy Godine (The Black Woods: Pursuing Racial Justice on the Adirondack Frontier), Paul A. Miller (Searching for Timbuctoo), and Dr. Gail Myers (Rhythms of the Land). New School Professors Drs. Kristin Reynolds and Mia Charlene White will moderate the conversation, joined by Mike Harrington, Director of Sustainability Engagement of the Tishman Environment and Design Center and Wendy Scheir, Director of The New School Archives & Special Collections.

This is an in-person event, and will not be livestreamed.


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