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President's Lecture Series welcomes Beverly Wright

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
8:00 PM  to 9:30 PM

Shell Auditorium 
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

Professor of sociology and founder and executive director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ), Beverly Wright has been a leading scholar and advocate in the environmental justice arena for more than a decade. The DSCEJ is one of the few community/university partnerships that addresses environmental and health inequities in the Lower Mississippi River Industrial Corridor. Since Hurricane Katrina, much of the work at the DSCEJ has focused on research, policy, community outreach and education of displaced African-American residents of New Orleans. Wright’s accomplishments include conducting groundbreaking research in the area of environmental justice and developing an elementary school curriculum used by New Orleans public schools. She also manages hazardous waste worker training programs and provided valuable input for President Clinton’s Environmental Justice Transition Paper. Among Wright’s many awards are the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Award in 2006, the EPA Environmental Justice Achievement Award in 2008 and the prestigious Heinz Award in 2009. In 2010, she was recognized by the Grio’s 100 History Makers in the Making.

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