Environmental Racism: Who Bears the Burden? (Grand Rapids)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Women's City Club, 254 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI, View Map

Presented by Michael Macaluso, MA, PhD Candidate (ABD), Professor of Sociology, GVSU


Join us for “Environmental Racism: Who Bears the Burden?” with Michael Macaluso!

Environmental racism is the socio-historical process which has often put a disproportionate burden on people of color in the placing of toxic waste and other environmental hazards within or near minority communities. Environmental racism combined with public policies and industrial practices have oftentimes provided benefits for whites and their communities while shifting costs and environmental burdens to people of color, particularly African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. This lecture will provide a brief historical overview and a framing of the problems and costs faced by these minority groups.

About the Speaker

Michael Macaluso is a professor of sociology at Grand Valley State University. His teaching concentrates on Race and Ethnicity, Environmental Racism, Sociological Theory, and Social Movement Theory. He has a Master’s Degree in Sociology and is currently a doctoral candidate at Western Michigan University working on his dissertation. He has been an organizer for the Michigan Sociological Association, and a GVSU Climate Study board member/organizer.

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