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Speaker: Julian Agyeman “Beyond Green Environmentalism: E/quality of Life and Just Sustainabilities”

March 18, 2015 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM


RESCHEDULED from January 28 to March 18 due to weather-related travel issues. 
Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University (and co-founder of the Black Environment Network) will speak at the Penn Humanities Forum.  Dr. Agyeman is the originator of the concept of ‘just sustainabilities,‘ the full integration of social justice and sustainability, defined as:

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.

The forum is FREE and open to the public, but guests MUST REGISTER.  The talk will be held in the Penn Museum, which offers both bike racks and easy access to public transportation.  If you can’t go, we still encourage you to explore his website!

Talk description found at the Penn Humanities Forum page, and pasted below.

In our current world of climate change, environmental planning must consider social needs and welfare to offer a truly sustainable model of living. Co-founder of the historic Black Environment Network and author of numerous books and articles, Julian Agyeman charts the future of the global city through the topics of resource distribution, race, class, and space.

Julian Agyeman is Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, Medford, MA. He is an environmental social scientist whose expertise and current research interests are in the complex and embedded relations between humans and the environment, whether mediated by governmental institutions or social movements, and the effects of this on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to notions of justice and equity.

He is co-founder, and Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. With over 150 publications, his recent books include Cultivating Food Justice : Race, Class and Sustainability (MIT Press 2011), Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice (Zed Books 2013), and Incomplete Streets: Processes, Practices and Possibilities(Routledge 2014).

Co-sponsored by Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice, Green Campus Partnership, and Urban Studies Program.


Penn Humanities Forum


Penn Museum —Rainey Auditorium
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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