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Uniquely Close: Biodiversity at Congaree and Diversity in Columbia

Event • Jun 10

“Biosphere preserves are learning places for sustainable development when approaches are rooted in participatory conservation and community.”
-John Kupfer

As part of the series of events surrounding Columbia’s 2024 ONE BOOK Project featuring the environmental novel, Beaver Girl, by Cassie Premo Steele and sponsored by the Jasper Project, One Columbia for Arts and Culture, and All Good Books, you are invited to join us June 10 at 6:00 p.m. for a discussion of the unique aspects that the biodiversity in the Congaree National Park and the diversity of the Columbia Metropolitan Area have to offer residents and visitors. The panel features locally based scholars, writers, artists and activists invested in the intersectionality of racial, social, economic and environmental justice, including:

  • Cassie Premo Steele, Ph.D., Author of Beaver Girl
  • Jessica Elfenbein, Ph.D., Chairperson of History at the University of South Carolina
  • John Kupfer, Ph.D., Professor of Geography at the University of South Carolina
  • Rhonda Grego, Ph.D., Dean, School of English and Humanities, at Midlands Technical College
  • Tameria Warren, Ph.D., SE Rural Community Outreach Organization Board Member and Instructor in the School of Earth, Ocean & Environment at the University of South Carolina

Panelist Bios