Equality, sustainable communities focus of UWO Social Justice Week 2012


It is an idea the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh daily reinforces: Being "green" is only one dimension of being "sustainable."
For Julian Agyeman the notion of being sustainable in multiple, intersecting and interdependent ways - strongly connecting environmental sustainability
with social justice, for example - is the root principle of an entire concept and philosophy. He calls is "Just Sustainabilities."
"In theory, we have the science to be green and lean and sustainable, but what we don't have is the social science on 'How do we be more socially just?'" said Agyeman, Ph.D., professor and chair of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, Boston-Medford.
"Very few universities are thinking about social justice and the social equity parts of sustainability," he said. "In addition to environmental quality, how are we going to have human equality The foundation of my concept is living within environmental limits. So, basically how do we do what we do on this planet in a much more fair and equal way."
Agyeman will present "Just Sustainabilities: Re-imagining (E)quality, Living Within Limits" on Tuesday, April 3 at 11:30 a.m. as part of the diverse, engaging and free lineup of speakers, events and documentary film showings during UW Oshkosh's fourth-annual Social Justice Week, from April 2 through April 5.
The annual week is designed to introduce campus and community participants to a variety of thought leaders and topics related to social justice locally, in Wisconsin and nationally.
In addition to Agyeman's talk, this year's four-day schedule includes presentations, exhibits, discussions and documentary films focusing on Indian mascots in America, ending hate, employment law, media representations of women, the gay rights movement and community organizing.
All events are free and open to the public, and all take place inside UW Oshkosh's Reeve Memorial Union.
"This year's programming came from input from the campus community," said Pamela Lassiter, UW Oshkosh director of Equity and Affirmative Action. "Individuals submitted ideas and suggested speakers to highlight work being conducted on the campus. We have added a film series to this year's week to facilitate discussion for a different source."