Moderator: Dr. Johnny Finn
Dr. Johnny Finn received his Ph.D. in geography from Arizona State University and is an Associate Professor of Geography, and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology at Christopher Newport University. Finn’s research brings together literatures on racial capitalism, critical landscape studies, and environmental justice to better document and theorize ongoing economic, environmental, and health impacts of persistent racial segregation in the United States. His current project, Living Apart: Geography of Segregation in the 21st Century, uses oral history, historical research and analysis, participant-directed photography, and spatial analysis , to challenge the “naturalness” of segregated landscapes, and to explore—and advocate for—more racially and environmentally just futures.
Panelist: Dr. Kirsten Delegard
Dr. Kirsten Delegard is the co-founder of the Mapping Prejudice Project. She received her Ph.D. in history from Duke University, where she trained as a women's historian. In her early research, she explored the history of women and politics. More recently she has devoted her energy to public history and unearthing the complex past of her hometown, Minneapolis This focus led to Mapping Prejudice and the Historyapolis Project, which Delegard also started. Mapping Prejudice is located in the John R. Borchert Map Library at the University of Minnesota. Delegard also holds faculty affiliations with the Department of Geography, Environment and Society and the Heritage Studies and Public History Program at the University of Minnesota. She was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Humanities and has been a Legacy Research fellow at the Gale Library at the Minnesota Historical Society.
Panelist: LaToya Gray Sparks
LaToya Gray Sparks is a graduate student in urban and regional planning at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Her research interests include geographic information systems (GIS), urban history, historic preservation and housing policy. Sparks’ received recognition for her story map titled, Planned Destruction, at the 2020 ESRI User Conference. She was recently elected as a student representative to the Board of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS).