Our Toxic Neighborhoods: Environmental Racism in Flint and Beyond

Thu. March 19, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont VA Community College

501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Sponsored by: Lifetime Learning, UVA Office of Engagement


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Anna Clark (The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy) and Harriet Washington (A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind) share the devastating details of contemporary environmental hazards and the communities most likely to be in danger. Book sales and signing follow.

This program is FREE for all to attend, and tickets are not required. Registration is appreciated, by clicking the button below.


Unable to attend? This program will be livestreamed on the Virginia Festival of the Book  Facebook page and archived for future viewing.

Why should you attend?

“Clark writes powerfully about the environmental consequences of a shrinking city, about how Flint’s financial decline drove the decision to switch drinking-water sources… She’s most effective describing the racism that shaped Flint.”―The New York Times Book Review

“Gripping and packed with meticulously sourced reportage… Clark’s rich account intersperses policy and environmental science with vivid portraits of Flint and its citizens, ramping up the tension as the horror unfolds.”―Nature

“In her groundbreaking new book, A Terrible Thing to Waste, award-winning science writer and bioethicist Harriet Washington explores how environmental racism damages young minds, particularly the minds of impoverished African American children who are exposed inordinately to toxins and pathogens in marginalized communities. She writes lucidly of how pollutants such as heavy metals and neurotoxins injure developing brains and recounts vividly case after case of the devastating cost to human brains and bodies. As she demolishes racist notions of inherited intelligence, she describes the medical consequences of horrific environmental catastrophes that have largely been forgotten or overlooked. Revelatory and compelling, Harriet Washington’s, A Terrible Thing to Waste, is the Silent Spring for the 21st century.”―Robin Lindley, JD, Features Editor, History News Network

“An unflinching look at environmental racism in black and brown communities.”―Angela Helm, The Root