Childhood Lead Poisoning and the Politics of Environmental Disease will be addressed by David Rosner, on Wednesday February 16 at 12:30 p.m. in Titsworth Lecture Hall at Sarah Lawrence College. Rosner, Director of the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University, will look at the corporate history behind hundreds of thousands of children damaged by exposure to lead, a known neurotoxin. Throughout the country, lawsuits addressing corporate responsibility are questioning what companies that manufactured and sold lead-based paint knew about its dangers. Based upon documents from the lead industry itself, Rosner has written, with Gerald Markowitz, Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution. The lecture is free and open to the public. For further information please call (914) 395-2411.
The lecture is part of a series The River and the Region: Environmental Issues and Advocacy in the Hudson River Valley organized by Charles Zerner, the Barbara B. and Bertram J. Professor in Environmental Studies and Karen Rader, holder of the Marilyn Simpson Chair for Science and Society.
The final lecture of this series, “The Private Sector and the Restoration and Maintenance of Public Open Space,” a talk by Brian Sahd, Vice President of Community Development at the New York Restoration Project, will be held Friday, April 8 at 12:30 p.m. in Titsworth Lecture Hall. The New York Restoration Project is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to restoring, revitalizing and developing under-funded parks, community gardens and open space in New York City, primarily in economically disadvantaged communities. A contributing author to Community Based Organizations, (Wayne State University Press, 2004) Sahd’s published work focuses on community development corporations in the South Bronx. Over the past eight years he worked on some of New York City's most innovative grass-roots development and land use projects.