Monday, July 11, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. MDT

The Natural Hazards Center is pleased to announce that Robert Bullard will give the keynote address at the 47th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop, which will be held virtually July 10 to 13, 2022.

Since the late 1970s, Bullard has been at the forefront of advancing understanding about the ways that environmental injustice and racism have sculpted community risk. Decades later, we are finally beginning to see higher-level efforts to end some of the processes and programs that have created systemic inequity, but there is much more to do.

With his years of leadership in identifying and addressing legacies of injustice, Bullard is the perfect person to deliver the keynote address at this year’s Workshop, which focuses on the theme of Changing Climates: Equity and Adaptation in a Warming World. Bullard will set the tone for the conversations to follow by speaking about how to empower vulnerable communities, identify vulnerability hot spots that need immediate attention, and design just and sustainable adaptation solutions.

“I first heard Dr. Bullard speak at a sociology conference many years ago,” said Lori Peek, director of the Natural Hazards Center. “The images he showed of children in contaminated communities have stuck with me all these years, as has his commitment to turning research findings into meaningful programs and policies. It’s a great honor to have him speak at our event.”

Bullard is Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University and the director of the Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice. He is the author of multiple books on topics of racism and environmental injustice, including how they overlap with disasters. He has won numerous awards for his scholarship, communication, and advocacy, including the United Nations Environment Program Champions of the Earth Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more about Bullard and his ongoing activities at the Bullard Center website.

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