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Landscape of Hope? The Skokie Lagoons and Black Environmental Labor - Brian McCammack

detail from book cover of Landscapes of Hope by Brian McCammack

When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Central

Where: Harris Hall, #108, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free; bring your lunch!

Contact: Jill Mannor   (847) 467-3970

Group: Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Category: Lectures & Meetings


A brown-bag talk by Brian McCammack of Lake Forest College, author of Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago (Harvard Univ. Press), which has won the George Perkins Marsh Award from the American Society for Environmental History, and the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians.

In search of better lives in the "Land of Hope," black Southerners more than sextupled Chicago's African American population during the first wave of the the Great Migration between the World Wars. This talk explores how environmental leisure and labor shaped those black migrants' understandings of Chicago, with an in-depth case study of the implications of African Americans' Civilian Conservation Corps labor constructing the Skokie Lagoons six miles north of Northwestern.

This event is presented by the Environmental Humanities Research Workshop of the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and the Environmental Policy and Culture Program.

To join the Environmental Humanities listserv, please email workshop conveners Corey Byrnes or Keith Woodhouse.

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