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Environmental Injustice: Reckoning with American Waste

March 20, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Nonfiction writers Kerri Arsenault (Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains), Anna Clark (The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy), and Catherine Coleman Flowers (Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret) discuss their investigations into American environmental injustices, from sewage and sanitation management systems that reinforce systemic class, racial, and geographic prejudices, to Flint’s water crisis and other industrial impacts leading to contaminated waters, illness, and loss.
Kerri Arsenault, author of Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains, is a book critic, book editor at Orion magazine, and contributing editor at Lit Hub . Her work has appeared in Freeman’s, the Boston Globe, Down East, the Paris Review Daily, and the Washington Post, among others. Mill Town is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Leonard Prize, to be announced March 25. Learn more at Kerri-Arsenault.com.
Anna Clark, author of The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy, is a journalist in Detroit. Her work was awarded the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism and the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award. She teaches in Alma College’s MFA program in creative writing. Learn more at AnnaClark.net.
Catherine Coleman Flowers, author of Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret, is the founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice and the rural development manager at the Race and Poverty Initiative of the Equal Justice Initiative. In 2020, Flowers was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. She lives in Montgomery, Alabama. Learn more at CREEJ.org.
As part of the all-virtual 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book, this event is FREE to attend and open to the public. The video recording from this event will also be available to watch after the event concludes, on VaBook.org/Watch. The Virginia Festival of the Book is a program of Virginia Humanities.
Thanks to our community partners for this event: Alabama Center for the Book, Alabama Humanities Alliance, Appalachian Voices, Black Millennials for Flint, Civic Engagement Subcommittee-UVA Committee on Sustainability, Community Climate Collaborative, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, Maine Center for the Book, Maine Humanities Council, Michigan Humanities, Piedmont Environmental Council, Wild Virginia


March 20, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm