UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State College of Health and Human Development's Dean's Lecture Series will continue exploring the impact of structural racism on human health, development and well-being.
The next lecture in this iteration of the Dean’s Lecture Series, "The Impact of Structural Racism and Racial Discrimination on Health, Wellness and Well-Being," will feature a presentation by Myron Floyd, dean of the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University.
The talk, “Nature Matters for Black Lives: Disrupting Narratives about Race and Place,” will be presented at 4 p.m. on Feb. 18 via Zoom and followed by a question-and-answer session with Floyd.
About the Talk
Nature supports human health and well-being in numerous ways, including through outdoor recreation experiences. Troublingly, access to parks, public greenspace, and other natural recreation environments is often constrained for Black Americans and other communities of color. This means that the benefits of contact with nature are not fully realized by all people.
In the lecture, Floyd will draw attention to the different ways Black Americans have been represented in the research literature on race and outdoor leisure. He will highlight how dominant narratives influence the way that research questions and policy responses are framed. He also will present counter narratives that disrupt and challenge whiteness in outdoor leisure settings. These counter narratives invite timely discussions around our conceptualizations of nature and outdoor leisure experiences with implications for public lands management and human health and well-being.
The question-and-answer session will be moderated by Craig J. Newschaffer, Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean of the College of Health and Human Development, host of the series.
Participants are invited to join the live events and encouraged to participate in the question-and-answer sessions. All lectures will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date.
About Myron Floyd