Date: Thursday, May 5, 2011
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Inequality is intensifying in American cities
and has profound consequences for people’s well being and for broader
society. This panel aims to make sense of how urban inequalities emerge,
how they are perpetuated, and why they still exist. The role of community
activism around social justice in American cities is addressed, as is the
strategic engagement with existing structures of public policies and the
ongoing efforts to transform them.
Laura Pulido, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and Geography, University of Southern California
Professor Pulido researches race, political activism, ethnic studies, and Los Angeles. She studies how various groups experience racial and class oppression, how these experiences differ among particular communities of color, and how they mobilize to create a more socially-just world. Asking such questions, Professor Pulido has done extensive work in the field of environmental justice, landscape studies, and uncovering the history of the third world left. Currently, she is completing a book project called A People's Guide to LA, an alternative tour guide that documents sites of racial and class struggle in Los Angeles county’s history and landscape.
Nik Heynen, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Georgia
Heynen's research interests include urban political economy/ecology, social theory, inequality and social movements. Focusing on the intersections of urban studies and political ecology, he has written or co-edited several books that include The Point is to Change It: Geographies of Hope and Survival in an Age of Crisis, Neoliberal Environments: False Promises and Unnatural Consequences and In the Nature of Cities: Urban Political Ecology and the Politics of Urban Metabolism. He is also co-convener of the Athens Food Collective and is editor of Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography.
John Burbank is Executive Director of the Economic Opportunity Institute, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy center advancing new ideas to build an economy that works—for everyone. EOI works to advance new public policies that promote high-quality education, high-road economic development, modern work-life standards, retirement security, and shared investments in our common future. EOI pursues change through research, media outreach, promoting public dialogue and catalyzing policy initiatives that help make Washington State a better place to live, work and do business. You can read more about EOI's work at http://www.eoionline.org.
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