CURRENTS: Dawn Biehler

CURRENTS: Dawn Biehler
Monday, April 8, 11:30 a.m.
216 Performing Arts and Humanities Building
CURRENTS: Humanities Work Now lunchtime series, a program of the Dresher Center for the Humanities, showcases exciting new faculty work in the humanities in a dynamic and inter-disciplinary setting with short, informal presentations and time for discussion. (Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.)

CURRENTS presents Dawn Biehler, UMBC associate professor of geography and environmental systems, and Spring 2019 Dresher Center Residential Faculty Fellow, who will speak on “Making Space for Human and Multi-Species Inclusion in New York’s Central Park.”

Many call for cities to support animal life by allowing small livestock, preserving migratory bird habitat or redesigning zoos to become more “natural.” Yet urban public spaces, including green spaces, have long excluded many humans on the basis of race, sexuality, gender, ability, and other aspects of identity. For example, the history of New York City’s Central Park shows that (mostly) white, straight, male authorities justified their exclusion of Black, immigrant, and queer visitors on the basis of animals’ well-being and natural-ness. However, diverse New Yorkers have formed vital relationships with animals since before the founding of Central Park which this talk shows that we must rethink inclusion and sustainability to include all people as well as our fellow creatures.

Plan your visit
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, paid visitor parking is available in Lot 9 behind the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, the Walker Avenue Garage and the Administration Drive Garage — please click here for additional information.

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