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Race, the Environment, and the Car

In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, perhaps no technology has transformed life in the United States more than the automobile. Cars have enabled Americans to travel for work, family, and leisure, giving them important newfound freedoms. The spread of the automobile, however, has also exacerbated racial inequality in the U.S. Public officials have frequently used highways to segregate urban neighborhoods. Black and Brown Americans have been more likely to live in places with unhealthy amounts of air pollution. And police have routinely stopped motorists of color at significantly higher rates than their White counterparts. This panel brings together Ohio State faculty from history, city and regional planning, and natural resource sociology to discuss intersecting questions about race, the environment, and the car. 

Jason Reece, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning and Interim Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute
Jennifer Eaglin, Associate Professor of History
Kerry Ard, Associate Professor of Environmental Resource Sociology

Clayton Howard, Associate Professor of History

The Ohio State University Department of History and The Ohio State Sustainability Institute

This event is free and open to the public.