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February 3, 2019 at 1:57 pm

Buckley Delivers Richard H. Foster Lecture at Frank Church Symposium

Dr. Geoffrey Buckley, portrait

Dr. Geoffrey Buckley

Dr. Geoff Buckley, Professor of Geography, delivered the Richard H. Foster lecture on Feb. 1 at the 48th annual Frank Church Symposium at Idaho State University.

The theme of this year’s symposium was “The Best and Worst of Us: Confronting Injustices in the World.” Buckley’s paper was titled “Environmental Justice: Pattern, Process, and the Importance of History.” His talk reviewed 20 years of historical environmental justice research conducted in support of the NSF-funded Long-term Ecological Research Baltimore Ecosystem Study and addressed issues such as the legacy effects of the city’s segregation ordinance, redlining, park equity, and industrial contamination.

Buckley also served on a panel that focused on environmental rights.

The symposium is named for U.S. Sen. Frank Forrester Church, who served from 1956 until 1980. Best known for chairing the Committee on Foreign Relations during the Vietnam War, Church also played a key role in passing landmark environmental legislation such as the 1964 Wilderness Act during his tenure in office.

 

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