The Eugene M. Lang '38
Visiting Professorship for Issues of Social Change
Visiting faculty distinguished by their engagement with social justice, civil liberties, human rights and democracy come to campus every year as Lang Visiting Professors. As Lang Visiting Professors, they teach courses, give public lectures, advise students individually, and generally offer stimulation and new perspectives to the intellectual and activist life of the campus. Eugene M. Lang '38 created the professorship to add to the socially significant content of the College's academic program.
We are excited to announce that Dr. Giovanna Di Chiro will be the Lang Visiting Professor for Issues of Social Change, 2012-13.
Dr. Giovanna Di Chiro is Director of Environmental Programs at Nuestras Raíces, Inc. in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and Research Associate at the Five Colleges Research Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. She has published widely on the intersections of environmental science and policy, with a focus on social and economic disparities and human rights. She is co-editor of the volume Appropriating Technology: Vernacular Science and Social Power and is completing a book titled Embodied Ecologies: Science, Politics, and Environmental Justice . Her current work examines environmental justice activists' reframing of the climate change debate to focus on the local, bodily impacts of wide-scale environmental problems like global warming. She is widely known for her research and practice focusing on community-based approaches to sustainability and the intersections of social justice and sustainability. Di Chiro teaches environmental studies and collaborates with environmental justice organizations to conduct community-based research on environmental health concerns and on developing culturally relevant sustainability initiatives in poor and low-income communities. She has received numerous research fellowships and grants, including from the Rockefeller Foundation, the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the American Association of University Women, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. She serves on the international editorial board of Zed Books' series on gender and environment. more