Inclusive Anthropological Research via Community Engagement: Dr. Wells

Inclusive Anthropological Research via Community Engagement: Dr. Wells

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Dr. Christian Wells will present on empowering partnerships and building capacity for environmental justice

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Approximately 145 million people (44% of the U.S. population) live within three miles of a property contaminated with environmental toxicants harmful to human health. As the environmental justice movement has well documented, these polluted sites are distributed unevenly: 55% of this population represents people of color and 45% is low-income. The new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law aims to invest upwards of $1.5 billion to address environmental justice challenges in these communities. However, there is a critical need for capacity building so that communities can take advantage of these and other resources. This talk describes ongoing collaborative efforts by anthropologists and engineers at the University of South Florida to develop empowered partnerships with communities throughout Florida to address community-identified environmental justice challenges and design context-sensitive solutions through participatory research.

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Please join us for the first speaker in the colloquium series, Inclusive Anthropological Research through Community Engagement, presented by the University of Cincinnati Department of Anthropology and the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center. The full series line-up is featured below.

January 27th - Dr. Jennifer Raff from the University of Kansas presenting reflections on community engaged research as a paleogeneticist.

February 17th - Dr. Christian Wells from the University of South Florida presenting on empowering partnerships and building capacity for environmental justice.

March 3rd - Dr. Khadene Harris from Kenyon College, topic TBA

April 7th - Dr. Michelle Bezanson from Santa Clara University presenting on how to evaluate what are good practices in primate conservation.

April 14th - Dr. Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann from the Christiansbourg Archaeological Heritage Project presenting on Autoarchaeology: An archaeology for, by and with direct descendant communities.

April 28th - Dr. Melinda Gonzalez from Rutgers University presenting on disaster, recovery, and sovereignty in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.