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[Slesinger Lecture] Sites Unseen: Uncovering Hidden Hazards in American Cities
May 1, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Department of Community and Environmental Sociology
2019 Slesinger Lecture
Presents: Sites Unseen: Uncovering Hidden Hazards in American Cities
By James R. Elliott, Professor and Chair of Sociology, Rice University
Wednesday, May 1, 3:00 pm, 354 Agricultural Hall
Reception following the lecture
The soil of cities is everywhere and seriously polluted because of industrial activities that have now disappeared, leaving an invisible pollution that brings new implications for theories of urban development, regulatory policy and environmental justice. To probe these dynamics, sociologists (and UW-Madison PhDs) Scott Frickel and James Elliott embark on an environmental detective story in their book, Sites Unseen. The evidence is under our feet, and the crime is ongoing. The inherited pollution in relic industrial sites – heavy metals (lead, mercury, arsenic, etc.), hydrocarbons, persistent chemicals (PCBs) – have health effects that are potentially serious but largely hidden by the same processes that produce them.