MacArthur Fellow Catherine Coleman Flowers Speaks for Huntingdon Stallworth Lecture


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March 9, 2021
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MacArthur Fellow Catherine Coleman Flowers Speaks for Huntingdon Stallworth Lecture

Montgomery, Ala.—Catherine Coleman Flowers, an internationally recognized authority on environmental justice and a 2020 MacArthur Fellow, will deliver the 2021 Stallworth Lecture at Huntingdon College, Thursday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m. CDT. The lecture, “Sanitation Equity: Bridging the Divide,” will be held via Zoom and is free and open to the public.

Catherine Coleman Flowers is a native of Lowndes County, Alabama, where failed infrastructure in public water and sanitation, public health, and economic development has led to raw sewage in yards and waterways, contaminated drinking water, and a resurgence of parasitic infection long thought to have been eradicated in the United States. Her work has brought national attention to the ways in which the failure of these important and necessary systems contributes to a vicious cycle of poverty and disease, particularly in rural, poor, African American communities. Her lecture will address what led to her work and the collaborative means she uses to bring neighbors, experts, lawmakers, and citizens together to understand the catastrophic consequences of these system failures and to develop solutions for the betterment of all.

Ms. Flowers is the author of “Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret” (2020, The New Press), a Smithsonian Magazine Top Ten Best Science Book of 2020. She is the founding director of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice; the rural development manager for the Equal Justice Initiative; a senior fellow for the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary; and a member of the board of directors of the Climate Reality Project and the Natural Resources Defense Council. She has taught high school students in Detroit, Mich., and Washington, D.C.

The Zoom link for this event is

Huntingdon College continues a legacy of faith, wisdom, and service through a liberal arts academic tradition grounded in the Judeo-Christian heritage of the United Methodist Church.


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