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Speaker to explore environmental justice in Latino communities

October 31, 2007

Devon Peña, a scholar-activist who has studied social and environmental issues in Mexican-American communities of the West, will give a free public lecture Monday, Nov. 12. He will address the topic “More Stories From the Front Lines of the Struggle Against Environmental Equity” at 7:30 p.m. in  180 Science Hall.

A professor of American ethnic studies, anthropology, environmental studies and women’s studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, Peña for decades has combined collaborative, action-oriented research with social campaigns in the environmental justice movement, whose conventional rationales he challenges.

Peña’s UW–Madison talk, part of the Gaylord Nelson Lecture Series, is sponsored by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies with support from the Holstrom-Kineke Environmental Studies Fund and the Ho-Chunk Nation. Environmental justice is the theme of this year’s lectures. For more information, contact Molly Schwebach at 265-6712 or