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Dean Myron Floyd, widely recognized as a leading scholar focused on understanding race and ethnic patterns in outdoor recreation behavior. 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 wellbeing.

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.