The StFX Sociology Department will host its sixth annual Dr. Agnes Calliste African Heritage Lecture Series on Feb. 1, 2016. Dr. Ingrid Waldron, Dalhousie University, will speak to students, faculty and the general public, about environmental racism. Her lecture, “Polluted Places: A Socio-spatial analysis of Environmental Racism in Nova Scotia," takes place in the Schwartz School Business at 7 p.m.
Friday, January 22, 2016 at 12:12 pm
Dr. Waldron is an assistant professor in the Nursing Department at Dalhousie University and has worked with African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaq communities in Nova Scotia.
Through, ENRICH (Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequalities and Community Health) Project, Dr. Waldron has helped put together a proposal for a province-wide public consultation on aboriginal, black and Acadian communities affected by environmental racism. She has been influential in the formulation of Bill 111, a bill calling for governments to consult with communities when making decisions about the location of environmental hazards. This bill was introduced, by NDP MLA Lenore Zann in April, 2015. Also, the ENRICH Project developed a documentary on environmental racism. The 30 minute documentary “In whose back yard” is available on youtube at www.youtube.com/watch
This lecture series started in 2011 in honour of retired sociology professor, Dr. Agnes Calliste, a nationally and internationally celebrated academic who has made significant contributions to the African Nova Scotian community during her tenure at StFX. Dr. Calliste retired from StFX six years ago.
Dr. Agnes Calliste
Dr. Calliste joined the StFX faculty in 1984. Her scholarship focused on the complex interrelation of work, race, ethnicity and gender in Canada. Her groundbreaking research with African-Canadian railway porters and Caribbean-Canadian nurses has explored previously unexamined dimensions of our social history. Dr. Calliste has studied the institutionalized oppression of such communities, but also their organized resistance.
Previous speakers have included Dr. Anthony Stewart (2011), Robert Small (2012), Dr. Afua Cooper (2013), Lorraine Reddick (2014) and Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard (2015).