Dr. Robert D. Bullard, a well-known environmental leader and author, is coming to Temple as part of the Beverly Gail Barnes-Kelch Memorial Lecture series.
The lecture – “Building Just and Sustainable Communities for All: Why Sustainability Matters” - will take place on Wednesday, April 15 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Walk Auditorium, Ritter Hall. A book signing will follow the event. Bullard’s discussion will also be simulcast at Temple’s Ambler Campus, in Learning Center 202. (Register for the event.)
Bullard is often described as the father of environmental justice. He is the author of 18 books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity. He has been honored by The National Wildlife Federation and The Sierra Club (which recently named an award after him); and recognized by CNN, Newsweek and other news outlets for his environmental leadership. (Newsweek called him one of 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century.) Bullard has testified as an expert witness and served as a technical advisor on hundreds of civil rights lawsuits and public hearings over the past three decades.
Bullard’s book Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality is a standard text in the environmental justice field. His two most recent books include Environmental Health and Racial Equality in the United States: Strategies for Building Just, Sustainable and Livable Communities (APHA Press, 2011), and The Wrong Complexion for Protection: How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities (NYU Press, 2012). Bullard is currently the Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University.
The Beverly Gail Barnes-Kelch Memorial Lecture supports lectures that reflect on and discuss significant issues, social problems, political concerns and events confronting the social work profession, the social welfare institution and society in general. This is the fifth year for the lecture series.
Sponsorship for the lecture is provided by Temple University Libraries.