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Sharing Women’s Voices from Cancer Alley

The Fisher Center Lecture Series kicks off its spring semester with author and researcher of Louisiana’s petrochemical corridor

GENEVA, N.Y.— Author and researcher Barbara Allen has spent considerable time in Cancer Alley studying the people who live in the 85-mile stretch of the Mississippi River in Louisiana that is home to more than 130 chemical plants and petroleum processors.

By attending public hearings and interviewing dozens of people, Allen has documented many Cancer Alley residents and has concluded that official reports produced by corporations and government agencies are “weak or incomplete at their very foundation.” In her work, Allen works to tell the story and highlights the role of women activists and scientists on issues of public and environmental health in this heavily polluted region.

The Fisher Center Lecture Series will kick off its spring semester of offerings on Wednesday, Feb. 2, with Allen, who will present “Environmental Justice, Environmental Health: Women’s Voices from Cancer Alley.” She will share the story of science and justice through the voices of the tenacious and visionary women of this embattled place.

The talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.

Allen is the director of Science and Technology Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is the author of several books such as “Uneasy Alchemy: Citizens and Experts in Louisiana’s Chemical Corridor” and “The Saving of St. Gabriel: The Emergence of a New African-American Township in Louisiana.”

The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men was established at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1998 in an effort to bring together faculty, students and experts in gender-related fields to explore gender and sexuality in the arts, humanities and social and natural sciences, in an effort to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary society.

For more information on the series or information on other upcoming speakers visit Fisher Center.