Weds., Apr.27, 12:45pm. David Pellow (Environmental Studies, UC-Santa Barbara), “Race, Gender, Nation, and Species: New Directions in Environmental Justice Studies.” Garland Hall 209 (alternative room Furman 114 in the event of a large audience).
Please join us in welcoming David N. Pellow, the Dahlsen Chair and Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at the University of California Santa Barbara, where he teaches courses on social change movements, environmental justice, human-animal conflicts, sustainability, and social inequality. His teaching and research focus on ecological justice issues in the U.S. and globally. His books include: Total Liberation: The Power and Promise of Animal Rights and the Radical Earth Movement, The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America’s Eden (with Lisa Sun-Hee Park), Resisting Global Toxics: Transnational Movements for Environmental Justice; The Silicon Valley of Dreams: Environmental Injustice, Immigrant Workers, and the High-Tech Global Economy (with Lisa Sun-Hee Park); and Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago. He has served on the Boards of Directors for Global Response, The Global Action Research Center, the Center for Urban Transformation, the Santa Clara Center for Occupational Safety and Health, Greenpeace USA, and International Rivers.
In this talk, Pellow explores some of the central themes linking research across various sites of environmental justice conflicts, from the toxic shop floors of global electronics firms to the outdoor enthusiasts’ haven of Aspen, Colorado. Both of those sites reveal critical intersections of immigration and environmental politics and suggest productive methods for approaching environmental justice studies through the categories of race, gender, and nation. Going a step further, Pellow draws from more recent work on radical ecology movements and political ecology to consider what environmental justice studies looks like when scholars place greater emphasis on integrating the category of species into methods, theory, and practice.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Program in Environmental and Sustainability Studies.