Environmental justice lecture series to begin Sept. 17

by Kate Bloomquist

Scholars and activists will explore the ways environmental justice affects Northwest Indiana, especially poor people and minorities, in a lecture series this fall at the University of Notre Dame.p. The series is sponsored by the University’s O?Neill Family Chair, Science, Technology and Values Program, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, African and African-American Studies Program, and the Departments of Anthropology, Biological Sciences, and Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences. The lectures, each beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Hesburgh Center auditorium, are as follows:p. ? Sept. 17 ? ?Gary Dumps, Environmental Justice and the Catholic Worker Movement,? Jose Bustos, Northwest Indiana activist working with Service Employees International Unionp. ? Sept. 24 ? ?Environmental Injustice in Northwest Indiana,? Betty Balanoff, labor historian and longtime activist for environmental and social developmentp. ? Oct.1 ? ?Legal Obstacles to Environmental Justice,? Bryan Bullock, Environmental Justice Chairman of the NAACP, Gary, Ind.p. ? Oct. 8 ? ?Water Security and Public Health,? Joan Rose, Michigan State University microbiologistp. Before each lecture, a reception will be held at 4 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center’s Great Hall, where an exhibit of environmental justice photography by Gary Cialdella of Kalamazoo, Mich., will be on display.

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