The Reinhold Niebuhr Institute of Religion and Culture Presents
Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington
Who will deliver a lecture entitled
"The Perils of Progress: Environmental Racism in Postmodern Society"
On Thursday October 7th
Sarazen Student Union 241-43
Co-sponsored by Siena's Foundations Sequence, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Program for Sustainable Land Use, Black and Latino Student Union, Environmental Studies Program and Women's and Multicultural Studies Program
Free and Open to the Public
Dr. Hood Washington is a Professor of Physical Sciences at Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL, and a Visiting Professor at DePaul University.
She teaches courses in physical science, earth science , geology and astronomy to non-science majors transferring to four year colleges or universities. She developed an integrated and experiential learning curriculum ( history, science, and technology) that placed a strong emphasis on the historical and contemporary interfaces of humans with science and technology.
Before entering into the world of academia she was an Environmental Scientist and Engineer with NASA at the Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH from 1986-1992.
Her Dissertation, entitled “Packing Them In: A Twentieth Century Working Class Environmental History” was a comparative history of early environmental activism in working class Eastern European communities in Chicago (1890-1930) and working class African American communities in Cleveland, Ohio (1920-1972) stemming from environmental and public health problems. An edited version of this will be published this year by Rowman & Littlefield, Lexington Books.
Her Ph.D. is from Case Western Reserve University. She also holds an MS in Systems and Control Engineering.
In 2003 she was appointed as the national Project Director for the Knights of Peter Claver Environmental Justice and Health project. She participated in the initiation and development of a national environmental justice oral history and literacy program for the Knights of Peter Claver, the largest black Catholic lay organization in the world. She also wrote an Environmental Health and Justice 5 year grant that was accepted for funding by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Environmental Justice Office starting in November 2002.
Current and Forthcoming Publications
Packing Them In: An Archaeology of Environmental Racism in Chicago. Under revision for publication by Rowman & Littlefield, Lexington Books in November 2004.
“Mrs. Block Beautiful” chapter essay on the recursive environmental activism of Chicago Urban League’s female volunteers and para-professionals in Maureen Flanagan, Anne Meis Knupfer and Rima Lunin Schultz’s edited collection on Ethnic Women’s Clubs in Chicago, 1890-1940, 2005.
Echoes from the Poisoned Well, Global Memories of Environmental Injustice. An international co-edited collection that examines the impact of local and global environmental policies from the perspectives of indigenous and minority communities who felt they were subjected to environmental inequalities. Rowman & Littlefield, Lexington Books, June 2005.
The Color of Trees: African American Struggles for A Sustainable Community in Cleveland, Ohio, 1920-1970. Under revision for publication by Rowman & Littlefield, Lexington Books, September 2005.
The Urban Conservation Movement, Precursive African American Environmentalism, 1918-1968 under consideration for publication (2007) in University of Pittsburgh Press’s Urban Environmental History Series co-edited by Martin Melosi and Joel Tarr.
“Environmental Movement” in the Encyclopedia of Leadership, Berkeshire/Sage Publications, 2004.
“Environmental Justice Movement” in American Social Movements. ME Sharpe, Inc. Publications, 2004.
“Environmental Planning” in the Encyclopedia of Community, Berkeshire/Sage Publications, 2003.
“Technology and Environment” in the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History, Berkeshire/Routledge Publications, 2004.
“Transportation and Environment” in the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History, Berkeshire/Routledge Publications, 2004.
“Midwest Environmental History” in the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History, Berkeshire/Routledge Publications, 2004.
“Ancient Western Africa Environmental History” in the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History, Berkeshire/Routledge Publications, 2004.
“Space Exploration and Environment” in the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History, Berkeshire/Routledge Publications, 2004.
Faces of Environmental Racism, electronic book review published on H- Environment and H-Urban, November-December, 2002.
The Foraging Spectrum: Diversity in Hunter-Gatherers Lifeways, electronic book review published on H- Africa, October 2003.
Garbage Wars, book review in July 2003, Environmental History Journal.
“Packing Them In: Working Class Environmentalism in Chicago’s Meat Packing Industry, 1915-1930” under revision for publication in the Michigan Historical Review.
“Perspectives of the Common Ground: A Social-Cultural Analysis of Earth Day 1970” under revision for publication in the Journal of Technology Studies.
The paper, “Gender, Technology and Environmental Policy” published in the Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, Vol.19, No.5, October 1999, 365-371. Copyright Sage Publications.
The Greening of a Nation? Environmentalism in the United States Since 1945 book review in the Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, Sage Publications, Vol.19, No. 4, August 1999, 332-334.
Environmental Politics: Domestic and Global Dimensions in the Bulletin of Science, book review in Technology and Society, Sage Publications April 1999.