'Father of Environmental Justice' to Speak at Fall Community Dialogue Nov. 9

Dr. Robert Bullard, who has been described as the "father of environmental justice," will be the guest speaker for the Fall Community Dialogue. Bullard is a professor of sociology and the director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University.

Dr. Robert Bullard

Dr. Robert Bullard

The dialogue, sponsored by Multicultural Student Services, will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in Room 304, Murray-Herrick Campus Center.

Bullard says he was drafted into environmental justice while working as an environmental sociologist in Houston in the late 1970s. His book, Dumping in Dixie, discusses the siting of garbage dumps in black neighborhoods and the patterns of injustice that are a part of the ongoing reality of institutional racism.

As an author, his books have addressed issues of sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equality. 

The event is free and open to the public.

Multicultural Student Services presents two dialogues annually and provides a space for people to connect with one another about issues concerning diversity. 

"This particular community dialogue will be an excellent opportunity to learn about ways to work toward a more sustainable future for all communities," remarked Kimberly Oh, assistant director of Multicultural Student Services.