COLBY COLLEGE Research SymposiumStudent Research Opportunities
 2006 Program

Research Symposium

Seventh Annual

Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Robert D. Bullard

Sociologist and Author

Dr. Robert Bullard will give the keynote address for the symposium at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, May 3, 2006 in Olin 1.

Environmental Justice for All

Round-the-clock images of the human toll of Hurricane Katrina forced long-ignored issues of race and class into America’s living rooms – and brought Robert Bullard’s decades-long struggle for environmental justice to the forefront.  The Colby community will hear about Dr. Bullard’s struggle on May 3, 2006 in his keynote presentation for the Undergraduate Research Symposium, “Environmental Justice for All.”

A sociology professor at Clark Atlanta University, Bullard is the founder of the school’s Environmental Justice Resource Center and the author of twelve books, from 1990’s Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class, and Environmental Quality to the recently published anthology The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution.  His eyes were first opened to environmental discrimination in 1978, when he helped his attorney wife collect data for a lawsuit against a company that had sited a landfill in an African-American Houston community.  “We found that every one of the city-owned landfills was located in a predominantly black neighborhood,” he says, “even though blacks made up a quarter of the population.”

To Bullard, environmental justice is “the notion that everybody has a right to a clean, safe, healthy environment and that no community should become the dumping ground for other people’s waste.”  It’s a belief few environmentalists – or Americans in general – would quarrel with, but too few have acted upon.