Temple University Presents: Social Justice Innovators

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Dr. Robert D. Bullard

The Father of Environmental Justice

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 7:30 pm

Gamut Theatre, 15 N. 4th St., Harrisburg

“The Quest for Environmental and Climate Justice: Why Equity Matters”

Climate change is the defining global environmental justice, human rights and public health issue of the twenty-first century. The most vulnerable populations will suffer the earliest and most damaging setbacks because of where they live, their limited income and economic means, and their lack of access to health care. Climate-sensitive hazards are forecast to increase in the coming years. However, not all of the populations residing within these hazard zones have the same capacity to prepare for, respond to, cope with, and rebound from disaster events. Professor Robert D. Bullard’s presentation will focus primarily on the need for empowering vulnerable populations, identifying environmental justice and climate change “hot-spot” zones and designing fair, just and effective adaptation, mitigation, emergency management and community resilience and disaster recovery strategies. He will also discuss his book, The Wrong Complexion for Protection, which analyzes more than eight decades of government response to natural and human-made disasters. He will offer strategies to dismantle institutional policies and practices that create, exacerbate and perpetuate inequality and vulnerability before and after disasters strike.

Dr. Bullard is the former Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University (2011-2016). He is currently Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy.

He is the author of 18 books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth and regional equity.

In 2014, the Sierra Club named its new Environmental Justice Award after Dr. Bullard; and in 2017, the Children Environmental Health Network presented him with the Child Health Advocate Award.

Mark K. Shriver

Save the Children Action Network

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 7:30 pm

Hilton Harrisburg, Market Square, Harrisburg

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Mark Shriver is President of Save the Children Action Network, which seeks to build bipartisan will and voter support to ensure that every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early learning programs, and to end preventable maternal and child deaths worldwide. Shriver's career fighting for social justice in advocacy and service organizations, as well as elected office, has focused on advancing the right of every child to a safe and vibrant childhood.

Shriver joined Save the Children in 2003 as Vice President for U.S. Programs and created the agency’s early childhood development, literacy, and health programs in the United States. Under his leadership, the programs expanded to 220 schools in 17 states, benefiting 165,000 children, including more than 400 children at four Head Start centers. He became President of the Save the Children Action Network in 2014 and leads a team of government relations, mobilization, political action, and communications staff.

Judge Glenda Hatchett

The Hatchett Firm

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 7:30pm

Gamut Theatre, 15 N. 4th St., Harrisburg

“Corporate leadership demands an enormous amount of responsibility”

Judge Hatchett will outline seven principles of leadership including the fact that leaders must first seek to serve, they cannot lead where they are not willing to go and they must lead with integrity, passion and compassion. Additionally recognizing that corporations are challenged to support, through their philanthropic activities, the communities they seek to serve.

A graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Emory University School of Law, where she was an Earl Warren Scholar, Hatchett completed a prestigious federal clerkship in the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia. She then spent nearly 10 years at Delta Air Lines, where she was the airline’s highest-ranking woman of color worldwide. As Senior Attorney, she represented Delta Air Lines in labor/personnel and antitrust litigation and commercial acquisitions. As Public Relations Manager, she supervised global crisis management and handled media relations for 50 U.S. cities as well as all of Europe and Asia.

Hatchett also presided over the two-time Emmy nominated nationally syndicated show, Judge Hatchett, for 13 seasons (Sony Pictures Television). Judge Hatchett won a Prism Award for Best Unscripted Non-Fiction Series or Special for Television. Currently, she sits on the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons’ Board of Advisors, a position she has held since 2004, and serves as a consultant to the National Basketball Association on pressing legal and social issues.

No ticket refunds available. If you must cancel your attendance to one performance, you may exchange your ticket for a future performance by contacting Temple Harrisburg at 717-232-6400. For more information, please visit