Over the Line: A Conversation on Race, Place & The Environment

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Event date: 
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 09:00 to 17:00
Name of Organization: 
The ENRICH Project & The Healthy Populations Institute, Dalhousie University
Contact Email: 
Halifax Central Library

What would a different conversation about the relationship between race, place, space, the environment, and health in Indigenous and Black communities look like?

How can we best acknowledge the links between environmental racism, environmental justice, climate change, climate justice, a justice-based transition to a fossil-free economy, community-based aspects of renewable energy, the built envirionment, gentrification, and planning policies?

What are the possible health advocacy responses to existing or proposed industrial projects and other environmental hazards in Indigenous and Black communities?

This free two-part public and academic symposium will bring together American, Canadian, and Nova Scotian experts to engage in a solution-based, cross-cultural conversation about some of the most salient issues of our times.

The symposium will kick off with a lecture by the "father of environmental justice" Dr. Robert Bullard (Texas Southern University) on Thursday, October 26 from 7 pm - 8:30 pm at Dalhousie's McCain Building.

The symposium will continue the following day on Friday, October 27 from 9 am - 5 pm in the Paul O'Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library. Dr. George Lipsitz (Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara and author of "The Possessive Investment in Whiteness) will deliver the keynote.

The event will be organized around three panels that will bring together community activists, professors, policy makers, and students to discuss how issues related to race, place, space, and the environment can be addressed. The three panels are: 1) Community Activism Panel: 2) Research Panel; and 3) Policy Panel.

Free lunch and refreshments will be provided on Friday.

The event is organized by The ENRICH Project and the Healthy Populations Institute, Dalhousie University

The event will be hosted by Charla Williahms

Performances by: Abena Amoako-Tuffour, Umoja Cultural Diversity Drummers, All Nations Drummers