Speak Up, Speak Out to discuss impact of environmental activism


“Speak Up, Speak Out” will host its first open forum of the spring semester at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 in the Bovee University Center auditorium. The forum is titled, “From Flint to Standing Rock: Communities and the Environment.”

Andrew Blom, assistant professor of philosophy and religion, said he hopes the forum will help people find a “deeper appreciation of the issues at stake, a clearer idea of what they think and believe, and learn how to be active citizens.”

The forum will cover the impact of environmental decisions by the community, businesses, government and environmental activists, Blom said. It will also cover the Flint water crisis and the Dakota Access Pipeline conflict.

Panelists include Carolyn Dunn, associate vice president of the Office for Institutional Diversity & Inclusion; Anja Mueller, professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Cedric Taylor, assistant professor of sociology, anthropology and social work; and Lake City junior Crystal Pendergrass.

Pendergrass previously worked as a volunteer in Flint.

The event is sponsored by the College of Communication and Fine Arts, College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center, Pi Sigma Alpha and the Office of Diversity Education.