Symposium Program

Friday, October 25th, 2019

Convene CityView, 30 South 17th Street, Suite 1300, Philadelphia, PA 19103

08:00 A.M. – 09:00 A.M.Registration and breakfast

09:00 A.M. – 09:15 A.M.Opening remarks by Wendell Pritchett, Provost of the University of Pennsylvania

Welcome and introductory address by Reto Gieré, Professor and Chair of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania

09:15 A.M. – 10:15 A.M.Keynote speech

Paul Mohai, Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

10:15 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.Discussion panel 1

Science, Technology and Engineering for the Environmentally Disadvantaged


Michael Weisberg, Professor and Chair of Philosophy, and Co-Director of the Penn Laboratory for Understanding Science, University of Pennsylvania


Trevor Penning, Molinoff Professor of Pharmacology, Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics and OB/GYN, and Director of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, University of Pennsylvania

Marc Edwards, University Distinguished Professor, the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech

Gwen Ottinger, Associate Professor, Department of Politics, Center for Science, Technology & Society, and Center for Public Policy, Drexel University

Paul English, Senior Branch Science Advisor, Environmental Health Investigations Branch, Center for Healthy Communities, California Department of Public Health

11:45 A.M. – 01:15 P.M.Lunch and presentation of posters by students

01:15 P.M. – 02:45 P.M.Discussion panel 2

How Economics, Law and Politics Assess Who Wins and Loses from Environmental Exploitation


Regina Austin, William A. Schnader Professor of Law, and Director of the Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law, University of Pennsylvania


Michael Ash, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, and Co-Director of the Corporate Toxics Information Project, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Christopher Foreman, Professor of Public Policy, and Director of Social Policy Program, University of Maryland

Hari Osofsky, Dean of Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs, Distinguished Professor of Law, Professor of International Affairs, and Professor of Geography, Pennsylvania State University

David Konisky, Professor, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington

02:45 P.M. – 03:15 P.M.Light refreshments and continuation of the students’ poster session

03:15 P.M. – 04:45 P.M.Discussion panel 3

Environmental Justice Organizing and the Promise of a Green New Deal


Daniel Aldana Cohen, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania


Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University

Nicky Sheats, Director of the Center for the Urban Environment at the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy, Thomas Edison State University

Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Jerome Shabazz, Executive Director of Overbrook Environmental Education Center

04:45 P.M. – 04:50 P.M.Final remarks on the intersection of water issues with environmental justice and
health by Howard Neukrug, Professor of Practice and Executive Director
of the Water Center, University of Pennsylvania

04:50 P.M. – 05:00 P.M.Closing address by Joseph S. Francisco, President’s Distinguished Professor of
Earth and Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania