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Moravian College to Celebrate Legacy of MLK with Talk on Environmental Justice

Environmental social scientist Dr. Julian Agyeman from Tufts University to speak at Moravian

Dr. Julian AgyemanBethlehem, Pa., January 9, 2013—Moravian College will honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a special talk by Dr. Julian Agyeman, chair of Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. His talk, “The Dream Lives on: Towards a Just Sustainability,” will be held on Tuesday, January 29, at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building. The public is invited to attend and admission is free of charge.

Agyeman is an environmental social scientist with degrees in botany, geography, conservation policy and environmental education. His expertise and current research critically explore aspects of the complex and embedded relations between humans and the environment, whether mediated by institutions or social movement organizations, and the effects of this on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to notions of justice and equity.

Just sustainability is more accurately described as just sustainabilities because the singular form suggests there is one prescription for sustainability that can be universalized. The plural however acknowledges the relative, place and culturally bound nature of the concept. Agyeman was co-founder in 1988, and chair until 1994, of the Black Environment Network (BEN), the first environmental justice-based organization of its kind in Britain. He was co-founder in 1996, and is co-editor of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability and was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) in the same year.

He is the series editor of Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice an new Series to be published by Zed Books. He is also contributing editor to Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development and a member of the editorial boards of Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy, and the Australian Journal of Environmental Education. In addition, Agyeman is a visiting professor at Northumbria University, Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK, and at the Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia, Adelaide.

His publications, which number over 150, include books, peer reviewed articles, book chapters, published conference presentations, published reports, book reviews, newspaper articles, Op-Eds and articles in professional magazines and journals.

For more information on Dr. Julian Agyeman, visit his website at http://sites.tufts.edu/julianagyeman which contains links to his social media sites including his blog, Just Sustainabilities: re-imaging equality, living within limits. Just sustainabilities is the integration of social/spatial justice and sustainability and is “the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems”.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Office of Institutional Diversity at 610 625-7847.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.