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Environmental Justice symposium
January 21, 2011, 2-5 PM
Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, Duke University

Speakers
Peggy M. Shepard (WEACT.ORG)
Manuel Pastor (USC)
Marie Lynn Miranda (Nicholas School)

Organizers
Priscilla Wald
Benjamin Reese

This symposium comes out of our interest in bringing a variety of disciplinary perspectives together to study the questions of environmental racism and environmental justice. This inquiry begins from the premise that environmental risks and dangers as well as benefits affect groups disproportionately. Race, class, and gender inequities regularly find expression in the distribution of environmental resources and dangers. Environmental racism and environmental justice have become increasingly pressing concerns as a range of disasters from Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill to rising environmentally-linked cancer rates have found their way into the mainstream media and popular culture. The study of these questions requires a multi-disciplinary approach, and with this symposium we are building on the unique strengths of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, which is already a multi-disciplinary unit, and on the strength of Duke’s faculty across fields in the areas of race, class and gender studies. We hope with this symposium to encourage further collaboration on questions of environmental racism and environmental justice across fields and schools at Duke and the surrounding institutions.

Sponsored by The Nicholas School of the Environment, The Center for Genome Ethics, Law & Policy at the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, The Office for Institutional Equity at Duke University, and American Literature.

This event is open to the public.

Written by gerrycanavan

January 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm

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