Purdue University

Detailed Symposium Schedule

Next Steps: Environmental Justice, Climate Change & Racial Justice

March 25 & 26, 2021

Recordings of the panels are now available! Simply click on the title of the panel you'd like to view.

Time

Event

Thursday March 25

12:00 – 12:30 pm

 

Opening Acknowledgement, Remarks, and Performance

Land Acknowledgement: Felica Ahasteen-Bryant, Director, Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Purdue University

Conference Opening:

Opening Performance: Latrice Young

Thursday March 25

12:30 – 1:45 pm

Panel I: Dimensions of Environmental Justice and the Midwest

Panel Chair: Shannon McMullen, Associate Professor, Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts and School of Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Elizabeth Grennan Browning, Midwestern/Indiana Community History Fellow and Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington  Talk: Climate Change and Social Inequality: Surveying Indiana’s Perspectives on the Environment from Middletown to Today 
  • Charmaine (Charlie) Renee Griffith, Graduate Student, Visual and Performing Arts, Purdue University
  • Sandra Sydnor, Associate Professor and Director of Diversity and Inclusion: School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Purdue University  Talk: Intersections of Social and Environmental Justice 

Thursday March 25

1:45 – 2:00 pm

Break - Virtual Lounge Open

Thursday March 25

2:00 – 3:15 pm

Panel II: Pollutants, Toxins, Health and Justice

Panel Chair: Sa Liu, Assistant Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, School of Health Sciences, Purdue University

  • Gabriel Filippelli, Professor of Earth sciences and Director of the Center for Urban Health, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis  Talk: Fighting environmental injustice and lead poisoning by engaging with communities 
  • Jennifer Latimer, Professor and Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems at Indiana State University  Talk: Environmental Health in West Central Indiana 
  • Rachel Scarlett, Graduate Student , Ecological Sciences and Engineering Interdisciplinary Program, Purdue University  Talk: Stormwater on the Margins: Influence of Race, Gender, & Education on Participation in Stormwater Management

Discussant: Ellen Wells, Associate Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, School of Health Sciences, Purdue University

Thursday March 25

3:15 – 3:30 pm

Break - Virtual Lounge Open

Thursday March 25

3:30 – 5:00 pm

Planting Stories: Cultivating Connections Between Our Histories, The Land & Each Other

Location: AAARCC Outdoor Space (915 5th Street, West Lafayette)

Thursday March 25

3:30 – 4:15 pm

Open Discussion on EPA Funding on Environmental Justice

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to improve the environment and public health conditions of low-income communities and communities of color through the advancement of racial equity and environmental justice. The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program provides funding directly to eligible applicants for projects that help residents of underserved communities understand and address local environmental and public health issues. For this event, Lynne Dahmen, Managing Director of Purdue’s Center for the Environment, will host a discussion of this funding opportunity with interested participants. All welcome. The opportunity is available here.

Thursday March 25

3:30 – 5:00 pm

Virtual Poster Session

Digital posters/presentations live

Thursday March 25

6:00 pm

Environmental Justice Film Screening

Sembradoras de Vida (Mothers of the Land), Post Screening discussion with Director Diego Sarmiento. More information about the film available here.

 

Friday March 26

11:00 a.m – 12:15 pm

Panel III: Gender, Inclusion, and Justice

Panel Chair: Jennifer Lee Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology,  Purdue University

  • Kirsten Cornelson, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Notre Dame
  • Anna Erwin, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources  Talk: Intersectionality shapes adaptation to social-ecological change 
  • Lisa Young, Assistant Professor, Department of English, College of Charleston  Talk: What We Can Learn From Black Women Writers About Afrofuturism and Climate Change 

Discussant: Mangala Subramaniam, Professor and Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, Purdue University

Friday March 26

12:15 – 12:30 pm

Break - Virtual Lounge Open

Friday March 26

12:30 – 1:45 pm

Panel IV: Conflict, Disaster, & Climate Change

Panel Chair: Laura Zanotti, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Purdue University

  • Fushcia-Ann Hoover, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)  Talk: Green Infrastructure Justice in Stormwater Management Planning 
  • David Johnson, Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering, Joint Appointment with Political Science, Purdue University  Talk: Equity Considerations in Flood Risk Management 
  • Michael Méndez, Assistant Professor, School of Social Ecology, Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy, University of California, Irvine  Talk: Climate Justice

Discussant: Leigh Raymond, Professor, Department of Political Science, Purdue University

Friday March 26

1:45 – 3:20 pm

Facilitated Concurrent Working Group Sessions

Friday March 26

3:30 – 5:00 pm

Keynote Lecture: Professor Carlton Waterhouse

Unsustainable Environmentalism: The Social Dominance Problem

Environmentalism that ignores how various people experience the environment differently perpetuates race, class, gender, and other social biases that: guide access to clean air, water, and greenspaces; influence who has the power to decide how local land is used; and impact who benefits from perpetuation of polluting industries and products. The fight for a clean environment and healthy climate is a fight for a society that creates and maintains these benefits for everyone.  The racial pollution burden imposed on people of color in America is longstanding, destructive, and deadly.  Environmentalism that does not confront it is simply unsustainable.