Tomorrow 12/12 is the capstone event in this Fall’s Loundy Human Rights Project Distinguished Speaker Series: “Environments of Justice: Student Researchers Report from the Pacific Northwest.” Join us this Wednesday at 2:30pm in the AUD Sullivan Room at RU’s Chicago Campus for a conversation about our shared urban environment, and what lessons we might be able to exchange with our neighbors north of the border. Research questions to be addressed in the session include:
- What has, can, and should be done about lead contamination in the water supply — and who should do it?
- What are the benefits of green space, what should green space include, who should have access to it, and who gets to decide?
- Where should dangerous industrial waste be housed, and who has the right to make this decision?
Student researchers from Roosevelt’s Honors Program — Beckett Costello, Casey Fitzpatrick, Britt Harvey, Bernice Kasongo, Jeremy Kelleher, Ellie Kurt, Kenji Omura, Dan Simon, and Esperanza Varela — will report the results of their comparative research trip to Canada and Olympic National Park to a panel of local environmental justice educators, leaders, and activists.
Thomas Frank is a lifelong Chicagoan with a background in graphic art and urban planning. He has developed online learning communities for the medical field and for underserved communities, and served as the Director of The Indiana Harbor Shipping Canal – the most polluted body of water in the country. In his early career he became aware of how heavily our advanced industrial culture has dependent on externalizing massive amounts of environmental and social harm onto sacrifice communities like East Chicago. Today, Mr. Frank advocates for environmental justice issues and against negative externalities.
Cheryl Johnson is Executive Director and CEO of People for Community Recovery. . Ms. Johnson is the daughter of the late Hazel Johnson, “Mother of Environmental Justice,” who founded People for Community Recovery 36 years ago. Cheryl has been with PCR for the past 33 years in various capacities. Ms. Johnson is a strong advocate lfor environmental justice in air pollution and climate change. Ms. Johnson has co-written several journal articles on environmental health and risk factors, and is an appointed member of the Illinois Environmental Justice Commission and the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC).
Tom Shepherd is the longest serving board member at the Southeast Environmental Task Force on Chicago’s far-southeast side -an area where steel once was king, and where there is an abundance of environmental degradation, garbage dumps, and contaminated land. Tom’s background as an activist and community organizer brought him to work to cure some of those environmental ills in the region. SETF’s current campaigns include stopping the Koch Brothers’ profligate transport and irresponsible management of petcoke on the Calumet River.
Michael Bryson is Professor and Director of Sustainability Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at Roosevelt University in Chicago and Schaumburg, IL; and a Research Associate in Science and Education at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. He is co-founder of Roosevelt’s Sustainability Studies program, launched in 2010 and the first undergraduate degree program of its kind in the Chicago region; and the founding director of the Roosevelt Urban Sustainability Lab (est. 2015). He currently teaches in and directs the Sustainability Studies Program and serves as Chair of the Department of Sociology, Sustainability, and Community Development in RU’s College of Arts & Sciences.
Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Prof. Bethany Barratt, Director, Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, email@example.com.