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Water Luncheon Series with Dr. Ben Pauli
Last week, we hosted our Water Luncheon Series with guest speaker Dr. Bejanmin Pauli, an assistant professor at Kettering University. A social sciences researcher, an activist and Flint, Michigan resident, Dr. Pauli. In his talk, “The Persistence of Our Water Pasts: The Flint Water Crisis and the Undone Work of Justice,” he shared poignant reflections and insights on his first-hand on-the-ground research experience and learnings of the Flint Water Crisis. Ben gave an engaging talk centring on water injustice, where he brought attention to the concept of time and process inside Flint's Water Crisis and the movements and capacities of activists and citizens around what's needed for social-democratic change. In the group discussion following, Ben touched on researchers' uptake and integration of the Flint Water Crisis more broadly in their works and emphasized dutiful considerations of scientist-activist engagements. If you weren't able to make Ben's talk, he has made the full transcript of his talk available for everyone to read! Ben's book, "Flint Fights Back: Environmental Justice and Democracy in the Flint Water Crisis" (2019), published by MIT Press, can be found here.