Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 7:30 pm via Zoom link http://bit.ly/LyceumJustHarvest
Asst. Prof. Kaitlyn Alvarez Noli, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Health Sciences, Northeastern University
“Farmworker Health and Environmental Justice: the Perils of Pesticide-Intensive Agriculture”
Dr. Kaitlyn Alvarez Noli will discuss the adverse impact that pesticide-intensive agriculture has on farmworker communities. Drawing on over two years of ethnographic fieldwork, she will explore the challenges of addressing this entrenched environmental justice issue and will share the testimonies of farmworkers who bear the brunt of pesticide exposure and pesticide-related illness and injury.
Kaitlyn Alvarez Noli is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Health Sciences in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Department of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. She dedicates her research to inspiring change in communities that are disproportionately burdened by environmental harm. Her work as an environmental justice scholar confronts the ways local environmental disputes and public debate exclude the interests and concerns of marginalized groups and explores practices that can counteract this exclusion. Her current line of research examines the power relations in framing, coalition development, and advocacy involving farm workers and intensive pesticide use. Her work has appeared in the International Journal of Science and Society, the Journal of Business and Economics, and Environmental Justice.