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Sowing New Seeds: Justice & Environmentalism Symposium

Craig Borowiak, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Theresa Tensuan, Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of Gender & Sexuality Studies are hosting "Sowing New Seeds: Justice & Environmentalism". This event is sponsored by the President's Social Justice Speaker Series, Haverford’s Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, and the Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium.

Beginning with a keynote address by Dr. Robert Bullard, whose research on environmental racism and urban land use helped launch the environmental justice movement in the United States, this one-and-a-half-day symposium brings together leading social scientists, legal scholars and activists to explore the tensions between the environmental movement and social justice concerns.  Topics to be covered include:

  • the cultivation of grassroots democracy
  • the role of transnational economic interests
  • building sustainable communities
  • legacies of feminist activism
  • the reverberation of “natural” disasters

“Sowing New Seeds” culminates in a day-long series of panels featuring both local and translocal perspectives on environmental politics, and workshops focusing on the future of the environmental movement through student activism.  A tentative schedule is available below.

Thursday, March 25

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Keynote:  Robert Bullard:  “Growing Smarter to Achieve Just and Sustainable Communities”
Location: KINSC Sharpless Auditorium

Friday, March 26

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Breakfast Workshop on building an Environmental Studies
Location: Stokes 104/CPGC Café

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Environmental Justice, Law, and Grassroots Democracy
Location: Stokes Auditorium

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Lunchtime Panel: Responding to Unnatural Disasters: From Port au Prince to Paraiba to Philadelphia
Location: Whitehead Campus Center 313

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. New Visions of Environmental Sustainability: Workshops on Movement Building and New Directions in Environmental Activism.
Location: Whitehead Campus Center 205A & 205B

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Break

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Translocal Justice and the Future of the Environmental Movement

5:00 – 5:15 p.m. Break

5:15 – 6:00 p.m. Round Table

View the entire schedule> (pdf)

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The ramp from Magill Library with Ryan Gym and Sharpless Hall in the background.

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