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Professor Jennings urges caution on Walmart on WCVB TV Boston's 'City Line'
November 28, 2011
UEP Professor James Jennings appeared on WCVB's "CityLine" program to discuss the controversy around plans to bring Walmart into an underserved Boston neighborhood.

Justin Hollander interviewed on Nevada Public Radio
October 30, 2011
Assistant Professor Justin Hollander was on KNPR, Nevada Public Radio, yesterday. He was being interviewed about his new book, Sunburnt Cities, and why Nevada should consider smart decline. To hear the segment visit KNPR's website.

What did your great grandmother eat? Julian Agyeman's new book on Food Justice
October 1, 2011
Department Chair Julian Agyeman has a new book out on Food Justice. Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability is written with Alison Hope Alkon of the University of the Pacific.

"Race, class, and history aren’t foodie strong points. Yet to turn the food movement into one that fully embraces justice, some difficult discussions lie ahead. The chapters in this splendid and rigorously researched book will help those conversations be better informed, and their outcomes wiser." — Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved and The Value of Nothing

Professor Sheldon Krimsky publishes new book
October 1, 2011
UEP Professor Shelly Krimsky has recently published a new book, along with human rights advocate Kathleen Sloan, entitled Race and the Genetic Revolution: Science, Myth, and Culture. Divided into six major categories, the collection begins with the historical origins and current uses of the concept of "race" in science. It follows with an analysis of the role of race in DNA databanks and its reflection of racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Essays then consider the rise of recreational genetics in the form of for-profit testing of genetic ancestry and the introduction of racialized medicine, specifically through an FDA-approved heart drug called BiDil, marketed to African American men. Concluding sections discuss the contradictions between our scientific and cultural understandings of race and the continuing significance of race in educational and criminal justice policy, not to mention the ongoing project of a society that has no use for racial stereotypes.

Weiping Wu leads writing workshop for the Journal of Planning Education and Research
August 18, 2011
The editors of the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Michael Brooks and UEP's Weiping Wu, presented a workshop on scholarly publication. Held at UEP on August 11 and 12, the workshop hosted 15 new scholars from planning schools across the U.S. and Canada. The program contained sessions on the writing and publication process, with intensive small-group work on participants' own manuscripts. Other workshop faculty included Christopher Silver (University of Florida), Bruce Stiftel (Georgia Institute of Technology), and Subhrajit Guhathakurta (Georgia Institute of Technology).

Justin Hollander featured in USA Today
July 28, 2011
The work of Assistant Professor Justin Hollander was recently featured in a USA Today story on housing occupancy and rental demand. The research was conducted with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Sheldon Krimsky receives Independent Publishers Book Awards Gold Medal
May 26, 2011
Sheldon Krimsky received the Independent Publishers Book Award Gold Medal in the category Political/Economics/Legal/Media for his co-authored book "Genetic Justice: DNA Databanks, Criminal Investigations and Civil Liberties," published by Columbia University Press. The 15th Annual Awards ceremony was held at the Providence Nightclub in New York City on May 23, 2011. Read more >

Environmental inequalities beyond borders: Professor Julian Agyeman publishes new book
April 11, 2011
Professor Julian Agyeman's latest book, co-edited with MIT's Associate Professor Jo-Ann Carmin argues that multinational corporations often exploit natural resources or locate factories in poor countries far from the demand for the products and profits that result. Developed countries also routinely dump hazardous materials and produce greenhouse gas emissions that have a disproportionate impact on developing countries. This book investigates how these and other globalized practices exact high social and environmental costs as poor, local communities are forced to cope with depleted resources, pollution, health problems, and social and cultural disruption.

Case studies drawn from Africa, Asia, the Pacific Rim, and Latin America critically assess how diverse types of global inequalities play out on local terrains. These range from an assessment of the pros and cons of foreign investment in Fiji to an account of the work of transnational activists combating toxic waste disposal in Mozambique. Taken together, the chapters demonstrate the spatial disconnect between global consumption and production on the one hand and local environmental quality and human rights on the other. The result is a rich perspective not only on the ways industries, governments, and consumption patterns may further entrench existing inequalities but also on how emerging networks and movements can foster institutional change and promote social equality and environmental justice.

Assistant Professor Justin Hollander Appears on NPR
March 28, 2011
On the March 28 episode of the Diane Rehm Show, UEP Assistant Professor Justin Hollander appeared as a guest to talk about America's Shrinking Cities. Learn more >