Thursday, 18 October, 2012
Dr. Robert D. Bullard, the preeminent scholar on environmental justice, racism, and corporate accountability, will speak in the University Center Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 pm.
Bullard is known as the "father of environmental justice," a title gained by being the expert witness on the first legal case of eco-racism in 1979 which involved garbage dumps near majority black neighborhoods. In 1990, he formed the Michigan Group of academics whose fight led to the establishment of the EPA's Office of Environmental Justice. He also led the way for the creation of the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit. Since then, he has focused his career and academic studies on the advancement of human rights through environmental equality across racial and socioeconomic lines.
The event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Social Justice, the Department of Earth and Planetary Studies, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Sociology, the American Studies Program, the Recreation, Entertainment, and Social Board, Issues Committee, the Global Studies Program, and the Black Cultural Programming Committee.