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Building Green Justice Forum 2016
October 13, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
From Huston-Tillotson University –
Huston-Tillotson University will host the third annual Building Green Justice Forum, this year focusing on “Race, Health, and the Environment” from scientific, sociological, political, and historical perspectives.
Keynote speakers include Mario Sims, social epidemiologist with the Jackson Heart Study and a professor in the University of Mississippi’s Department of Medicine, addressing the Jackson study’s research on the greater prevalence of cardiovascular disease among African Americans and the reasons for the disparity.
Also delivering a keynote address will be Paula Flores-Gregg from the Environmental Protection Agency, who will discuss the fight for environmental justice in Sandbranch, a community southeast of Dallas that has been battling for water rights for over 30 years.
A panel will report on public health interventions and environmental hazard investigations from Argentina to Austin. Moderated by Dominique Vining of HT, the panel will include Shannon Jones, Director of Travis County Health and Human Services and Emily Spangenberg from the UT Department of Sociology.
Workshops will feature activists, community members, students, and researchers working on issues of environmental justice and health.
The event is free and open to all. Please RSVP via the Eventbrite link to reserve your spot and provide us with meal numbers. Tickets available here.