Conversations About Our Scholarly Lives

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM
Monday Oct 2, 2017
DeWitt Wallace Library 309

Chris Wells, Environmental Studies and History, will present "'We Speak for Ourselves': Telling the History of the Postwar Environmental Justice Movement with Primary Documents."  The environmental justice movement sprang to life on September 15, 1982, when fifty-five nonviolent protesters, leveling charges of "environmental racism," lay down in the middle of a highway in rural Warren County, North Carolina, in an effort to block a squadron of dump trucks from entering the state's first toxic waste landfill.  In the following years, as evidence began to mount that poor and minority populations bore significantly heavier environmental burdens than other groups, a full-fledged environmental justice (EJ) movement took shape. Declaring that "We speak for ourselves," EJ activists had a tense relationship with the overwhelmingly white and affluent members of the environmental movement, whose approaches and priorities often failed to address the pressing environmental problems of poor and minority peoples. In this talk, Chris Wells will talk about the process of editing a book, designed primarily for classroom use, that collects a range of primary documents to chart the growth and evolution of EJ struggles in the U.S.  All faculty welcome.  Lunch will be provided.

Contact: Theresa Klauer, Ext 6881

This event is for: Staff and Faculty

Sponsored By: Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching (CST)

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