Environmental Justice, Law and Grassroots DemocracyEnvironmental Justice, Law and Grassroots Democracyhttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/127962Stokes Auditorium2010-03-26T10:30:002010-03-26T12:00:00
March 26, 10:30AM–12:00PM
Sowing New Seeds Environmental Symposium
Romand Coles, Frances B. McAllister Endowed Chair and Director of Program for Community, Culture, and Environment at Northern Arizona University
Talk: "Edgy Environments: Higher Education, Civic Engagement, and Transformative Justice"
Gavin Kearney, Director, Environmental Justice, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
Talk: "Community Lawyering in New York City: the Role of Legal Advocacy in the Environmental Justice Movement"
Romand Coles is the Frances B. McAllister Chair and Director of the Program for Community, Culture, and Environment at Northern Arizona University. He works at the intersections of political theory, community organizing, and initiatives to democratize knowledge and power in higher education. For the past two decades he has been a leader in numerous initiatives to create collaborative relationships between grassroots communities and higher education in order to transform knowledge and practice. He writes extensively on democratic theory , environmental ethics, social movements, and the politics of difference. His publications include, Beyond Gated Politics: Reflections for the Possibility of Democracy; Self/Power/Other: Dialogical Ethics and Political Theory; Rethinking Generosity: Critical Theory and the Politics of Caritas; and (with Stanley Hauerwas) Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary: Conversations Between a Christian and a Radical Democrat. His current projects involve the facilitation of Action Research Teams of students, faculty, and community organizations around issues concerning community capacity building, urban agriculture, water rights, grassroots democracy pedagogy in K-12 contexts, immigration solidarity, sustainable economy initiatives, creating democratic and sustainable public spaces/cafes on campus, and building a nation-wide initiative to promote civic engagement for community stewardship.
Gavin Kearney directs the Environmental Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI). The Environmental Justice Program employs a community lawyering model through which it partners with low-income communities of color on legal, policy, and administrative advocacy designed to promote healthy environments and meaningful community involvement in the decision-making processes that shape their environments. Issue areas in which Gavin has worked include solid waste management, equitable access to park space, power plant siting, and community benefits agreements. Gavin sits on the board of New Partners for Community Revitalization, a non-profit organization that promotes community renewal through the development of brownfield sites, is a member of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Environmental Justice Advisory Group, and was recently selected to serve on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s School Siting Task Group, which will recommend policies for ensuring the safe and healthy siting of schools in the US.
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