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Human Face of Environmental Inequality Symposium March 26-27, 2015
March 26, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - March 27, 2015 @ 4:00 pmFree
Human rights and the humanities are vital lenses for examining and addressing the unequal
human impacts of climate change, environmental degradation, and resource exploitation, as well
as the values that shape our response to environmental challenges, and local and global forms of
engagement. The symposium is inspired by and expands upon the work of John Knox, Henry C.
Lauerman Professor of International Law at Wake Forest University School of Law and the first UN
appointed Independent Expert on human rights and the environment. Knox’s three-year mandate
has been to clarify human rights obligations relating to the environment, and to identify and
disseminate best practices in the use of such obligations.
All sessions, except as noted, will be held in the Benson University Center, Room 401 on the Wake Forest University
campus. For directions and parking info, go to wfu.edu/visitors. Each session will feature speakers who will each provide
an opening statement. Those statements will then be followed by moderated discussions among the speakers and
questions from the audience.
The Thursday afternoon session features Sally Bingham, Larry Rasmussen and Stephanie Kaza.
The Thursday evening Voices of Our Time talk will be given by Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, and former President of Ireland.
On Friday, guest speakers will include Bron Taylor, Jace Weaver and a panel on NC Community Engagement. The closing keynote will be given by Andrew Revkin (Dot Earth blog at the NY Times).
The Human Face of Environmental Inequality Symposium is sponsored by the Wake Forest University Humanities
Institute, its affiliate Human Rights and Global Justice research group, and the University’s Center for Energy,
Environment and Sustainability.
The symposium is free and open to the public. Details and pre-registration are at http://humanitiesinstitute.wfu.edu/the-human-face-of-environmental-inequality
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