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Environment and Justice in the Human Landscape

When: Wednesdays, Fall 2022 Semester
5:35 pm to 7:30 pm ET
West Village F, Room 020, Northeastern University | Zoom (Zoom link will be available soon.)


Social justice is an essential issue to address in the human landscape. This course will explore the policies, practices, ethics, metrics, and outcomes related to achieving environmental justice, which is both an evolving field of racial equity study and policy-making, and a metaphor for pursuing racial and gender justice in many fields. Economic mitigation and social reparations will be considered. This weekly Wednesday evening (5:35 – 7:30 P.M.) presentation and discussion course is part of the Open Classroom series of Power to the People public offerings addressing approaches to pursuing social and racial equity in developing public policies in the United States and abroad. 

Presenters include faculty, community-based advocates, public officials, real estate and finance officials, and environmental policy organizations. The course is connected with the Boston Public Library Map Center’s exhibition, More or Less in Common: Environment and Justice in the Human Landscape, and to a two-day November 4-5 Dukakis Center/BPL conference on environmental justice. 

Matriculating students seeking academic credit must register for SPPUA 5225/5226, and participate in class discussions on Wednesdays from 4:35 to 5:50. The class is also offered in conjunction with Honors section HONR3310, Racial Dialogue. Matriculating students will write short exploratory papers and a semester-long research paper. There is no final examination.

Weekly lectures and on-line presentations are open to the general public without registration.

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