Environmental Justice topic of next café

News Release Date: 
04.26.11

Ohio State professor to discuss the history and emergence of environmental justice globally & locally

Ohio State Marion’s Science Café, a free monthly community discussion on topical issues of science, welcomes Dr. Anna Willow, professor of anthropology at The Ohio State University at Marion to downtown Marion’s Infinity Restaurant, 267 West Center Street, on Tuesday, May 3, 7 p.m. to discuss the subject of Environmental Justice.

The Environmental Justice (EJ) movement began in the 1980s with grassroots protests against toxic-waste dumping in an African-American community in North Carolina. EJ is simultaneously an environmental and a social movement. Far from the distant wilderness areas and endangered species that have frequently preoccupied mainstream environmentalists, EJ activists redefine "the environment" as the places we all live, work, and play. Calls for environmental justice are now being heard across the United States and around the world.

This evening's talk will overview the history, main principles, and unifying goals of this emerging movement. Dr. Willow will describe her experiences as a cultural anthropologist working with indigenous anti-clear cutting activists in Northwestern Ontario. She will also introduce and encourage stories about environmental justice issues that have arisen much closer to home, including the case of the former Scioto Ordinance Plant/Marion Engineering Depot.

Science Cafés involve lively conversations with scientists about current science topics. Science Cafés are free and open to everyone, and take place in casual settings like pubs and coffee houses. At a café you can learn about the latest issues in science, chat with a scientist in plain language, meet new friends, speak your mind, and talk with your mouth full. The overriding goal of Ohio State Marion’s Science Café is to overcome reluctance to learning about science and to make science less mysterious.

For more information on Science Café visit:  http://osumarion.osu.edu/sciencecafe/ or contact Ohio State Marion professor of mathematics, Dr. Brian McEnnis at:  mcennis.1@osu.edu.