Join us: Flint Water Crisis Panel Discussion

The Frost Museum is hosting an exhibition that explores Flint, Michigan’s water crisis and the effects on its residents. 

JANUARY 30, 2019 — APRIL 14, 2019

LaToya Ruby Frazier: Flint is Family by photographer and MacArthur Fellow, LaToya Ruby Frazier, explores Flint, Michigan’s water crisis and the effects on its residents. Frazier spent five months with three generations of women – the poet Shea Cobb, Shea’s mother, Renée Cobb,

LaToya Ruby Frazier
Shea with her mother, daughter, aunts and cousins; (left to right; Marcell, Kristina, Lynda, Denise, Andrea, Nephratiti, Keona, Zion, Renee, Shea) at the wedding reception outside the Social Network Banquet Hall, 2016 / 2017
Gelatin silver print
20 x 24 inches
All images courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Rome.

and her daughter, Zion – living in Flint in 2016 witnessing their day to day lives as they endured one of the most devastating man-made ecological crises in US history. Citing Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison’s 1948 collaboration Harlem is Nowhere as an influence, Frazier utilized mass media as an outlet to reach a broad audience, publishing her images of Flint in conjunction with a special feature on the water crisis in Elle magazine in September 2016. Like Parks, Frazier uses the cameras as a weapon and agent of social change.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Thursday, February 21, 2019 AT 4:00 PM

The Frost Art Museum will hold a panel to examine the myriad issues surrounding one of the most devastating man-made ecological crises in US history. Specialists in the areas of lead poisoning, maternal and child healthcare, wastewater intrusions, social equity barriers, and photographing communities of color, will join us to provide insight into the exhibition and issues that continue to surround the community of Flint, Michigan. 

Join us for this free lecture with reception to follow. Click here to RSVP.

Moderator: Tomás Guilarte, Ph.D., Dean of the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work


Consuelo M. Beck-Sagué, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work

Piero R. Gardinali, Ph.D., Professor, Co-Director of Southeast Environmental Research Center, Associate Director of Research and Facilities, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts, Science & Education 

Valerie Patterson, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration, Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs 

Terence Price II, Photographer, Artist in Residence, ArtCenter South Florida

About the Moderator and Panelists:

Tomás Guilarte’s research explores the impact of environmental pollutants on neurological and mental disease. He is renowned for revealing the effects that low-level lead exposure has on the central nervous system during brain development, a discovery that led to strategies for mitigating learning deficits.

Consuelo Beck-Sangue, is a Florida-licensed physician, board certified in pediatrics and infectious diseases with a focus on maternal and child health. She has worked for over 35 years in public health and infectious disease, including HIV, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted disease prevention and care.

Piero Gardinali’s research interests include the fate and transport of organic and inorganic contaminants in coastal ecosystems, tracing of human derived wastewater intrusions using pharmaceuticals and personal care products. Dr. Gardinali is co-director of the Southeast Environmental Research Center in the Institute of Water and Environment, an FIU Preeminent Program.  

Valerie L. Patterson’s most recent research examines government and its relationship with underserved communities and persistent social equity barriers in communities of color. Her research interests have led to numerous conference and panel presentations focused on ethics, women in administration, and government and hip-hop culture. 

Terence Price II, seeks to capture his Miami Gardens community through photography and change the narrative that is often ascribed to it. Emerging from street photography, Price explores contemporary Black life in his intimate portraits of home, family, and community.  Price is a resident at ArtCenter South Florida, and his first solo show, Dancing in the Absence of Pain, is currently on view.

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