WKU’s Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility will present “National Parks & Resident Peoples: Unintended Consequences” with Dr. Katie Algeo and Collins Eke at 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at Downing Student Union, room 2123.
Mammoth Cave National Park is located just over 30 miles outside of Bowling Green and is recognized for having the world’s longest known cave system. What is lesser known about the Mammoth Cave area is the removal of the resident population in order to create the National Park. This event will center on the social justice issues and unintended consequences of the creation of the park. Dr. Algeo and Eke will draw from the historical context of the removal of Native American populations in western National Parks to discuss the parallels with what happened to the resident population in southcentral Kentucky.
Dr. Algeo is a Professor of Geography at WKU. She obtained her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 1998. Recently her research has focused on the cultural history of Mammoth Cave, with projects exploring African American tourism to Mammoth Cave during the Jim Crow era. Eke is pursuing a Master of Science in Geoscience in the Department of Geography and Geology and is assisting Dr. Algeo in her research; his areas of specialization include cultural and historical geography and GIS. This will be a joint presentation, featuring collaborative research conducted in the area.
The discussion is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. The event is swipeable for WKU students and is wheelchair accessible. The event is sponsored by the WKU Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (ICSR). For information or accommodation requests, contact the ICSR at firstname.lastname@example.org or (270) 745-3218.
Contact: ICSR, (270) 745-3218