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Professors, student uncover negligence and racism in Florida environmental contamination

Florida government officials may face accountability after years of environmental injustice and contamination in Tallevast thanks to the work of Ruby Bagwyn ’23, Professor of Africana Studies James Manigault-Bryant, and Assistant Professor of Geosciences José Constantine. Bagwyn, Manigault-Bryant, and Constantine co-wrote an essay for Boston Review titled “Poisoning Tallevast” demonstrating how… Continue reading »

Black as Drought: Ecological Entanglements of the African Diaspora

March 6, 2020 In the poem “ca’line’s prayer,” Lucille Clifton marks the progression of Black generational memory through the metaphor of drought, narrating a female ancestor’s voyage from Dahomey to the plantations of the United States South, reconfigured here as a “desert country.” The 1969 publication of “ca’line’s prayer”… Continue reading »

“First Do No Harm: Climate Migrations, Reparations, and the Guarantee of Non-Repetition,” Maxine Burkett, Professor of Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i

By Anna Bruce ‘21 On November 17 2020, the Center for Environmental Studies welcomed Maxine Burkett ’98 for a Class of 1960 Scholars Program Zoom lecture entitled: “First Do No Harm: Climate Migrations, Reparations, and the Guarantee of Non-Repetition.” Burkett is a Professor of Law at the William S. Continue reading »

Blurring the Boundaries

November 19, 2020 By Julia Munemo The Global Ocean, taught this semester by the five faculty members who constitute the Williams-Mystic program, is among several new courses introducing Williams students to the interdisciplinarity of the sea. Based in Mystic, Conn., the program generally draws students from colleges across… Continue reading »

Fishing for Justice, Niaz Dorry

The topics of community, small farms, fishermen, and justice concluded the month’s log lunches. Niaz Dorry is the coordinating director of Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and National Family Farm Coalition. She began her talk by explaining to everyone how she arrived to Williamstown from Gloucester, Massachusetts:… Continue reading »