From Cahokia to Pruitt-Igoe: The History of Development, Environmental Justice, and Biodiversity in the St. Louis Region

April 15, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Come learn about the history of land use in the St. Louis region. In this combined presentation and panel discussion, we will hear from historians, architects, writers, and biologists who will present their work in the St. Louis region. From the Indigenous peoples at Cahokia (the largest urban settlement of the Mississippi River Valley) to redlining and the residential segregation ordinance during the Jim Crow Era to the Pruitt-Igoe urban housing project, we will discuss how environmental racism and justice have shaped the development and biodiversity of this region. 

Panelists include:

  • Sylvester Brown Jr., Journalist and Author
  • Candace Borders, Graduate Student in American Studies, Yale University
  • Nathan Stanfield, Graduate Student in Architecture at the Sam Fox School, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Jennifer Colten, Senior Lecturer, Sam Fox School, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Whitney Anthonysamy, Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis
  • Michael Nelson, Environmental Scientist

Livestream the panel here.