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Environment and Justice in the Human Landscape

When: Wednesdays, September 21 – December 7
Time:
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm ET
Where:
West Village F, Room 020, Northeastern University | Livestream

Synopsis

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 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 pm to 5:50 pm. 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.

Upcoming Sessions

Spatial and Environmental Resilience In and Around the Emerald Necklace

  • Karen Mauney-Brodek will discuss the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s work on restoring the Muddy River, cleaning up the Fens, re-designing the entrance to Storrow Drive, carrying on the Olmsted legacy of parks and open spaces as public sites of healing, and recent community engagement efforts in Roxbury.

Ground Truth: Shaping Narratives of Environmental Justice

  • We will join the President of the Leventhal Map and Education Center of the Boston Public Library, and with a panel of invited guests, for a roundtable discussion of narratives of environmental justice, addressing how investigating historical and present-day patterns of urban inequality, documented through narrative and visual works, can bring an important perspective to efforts for climate justice advocacy.

Environmental Justice in Albaydha: The Story of a Rural Desert Community

  • As climate crises displace people around the world, what can be learned from Albaydha, a semi-nomadic rural community in Saudi Arabia whose grazing lands were destroyed by desertification? This session will examine how participatory processes informed by Social Impact Lab principles and frameworks have engaged over a thousand families in the design and implementation of a community-led resettlement initiative. The program employs sustainable building technologies and ecosystem regeneration while honoring traditional family structures and cultural practices. Lynn Zovighian and Rebecca Riccio will explain how their commitment to centering community members’ voices has led to this project being designated a national housing pilot for vulnerable communities in Saudi Arabia.

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