Public Lecture by Dr. Robert Bullard: “The Quest for Environmental Justice”

Monday, March 1, 2021 - 7:00pm

Dr. Robert Bullard, the Father of Environmental Justice, will give a public lecture, "The Quest for Environmental and Climate Justice" at 7:00 p.m. CST on Monday, March 1, 2021. Afterward, he will engage in a Q&A session.

Climate change is the defining global environmental justice, human rights, and public health issue of the twenty-first century. The most vulnerable populations in the United States and around the world will suffer the earliest and most damaging setbacks because of where they live, their limited income and economic means, and their lack of access to health care.  Professor Bullard’s presentation will focus primarily on the U.S. and the need for empowering vulnerable populations, identifying environmental justice and climate change “hot-spot” zones and designing fair, just and effective adaptation, mitigation, emergency management and community resilience and disaster recovery strategies. He will offer a framework for dismantling systemic racism and policies and practices that create, exacerbate, and perpetuate inequality and vulnerability.  

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Dr. Robert D. Bullard is often described as the father of environmental justice. He is the former Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University 2011-2016. Professor Bullard currently is Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy. Prior to coming to TSU he was founding Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. He received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. He is an award-winning author of eighteen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, disasters, emergency response, and community resilience, smart growth, and regional equity. He is co-founder of the HBCU Climate Change Consortium. Dr. Bullard is a proud U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Read more about Dr. Bullard.

This event is supported in part by the CLAS Strategic Initiative on Advancing Environmental Justice, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, UI Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, UI MISSE (Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement), Tippie College of Business, the UI Public Policy Center, the UI Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination, along with support from the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University.

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