Please join us for FAER's 2019 educational sessions in Cleveland, which will enable attendees to learn more about our wonderful hosting city. These are complementary programs on the history of environmental activism in the city.
Understanding Environmental Justice: Helping our Patrons Find Their Voice
Monday, June 17, 2019, 9:00am - 10:30am
Although environmental and energy laws affect our daily lives and futures, both information professionals and their clients struggle to navigate legal information. How can we assist individuals and communities struggling with the complexities of laws, legislation, and justice? During this session, hear from Dr. Bill Bowen (Public Administration and Urban Studies, Cleveland State University), Dr. Heidi Robertson (Law, Environmental Studies, Cleveland State University), and Brooks Berndt (Environmental Justice Minister, United Church of Christ, Cleveland) about their disciplines and expertise. Attendees will acquire a basic understanding of environmental justice, pertinent legislation, and relevant legal information resources.
Where the River Burned: Harnessing the Written Record to Portray an Urban Environmental Crisis
Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 1:30pm - 2:30pm. Co-sponsored with the Biomedical & Life Sciences Division)
In 1969 when the Cuyahoga River caught fire, Cleveland was struggling with racial violence, job loss, and surging crime. The burning Cuyahoga came to symbolize the decay of America's post-industrial cities, and Cleveland became known as "the mistake on the lake". David and Richard Stradling unearthed "an embarrassment of primary resources" to depict the birth of the city's environmental movement for their book, "Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland". Join David Stradling as he shares his research at the Western Reserve Historical Society archives and how it influenced the story his book tells.