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Friday, June 15
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM: Check-in at dorms & get lunch at the Blue Express outside the LSRC.
12:30-1:00 PM: Head to LSRC B240 for ipad training, afternoon sessions.
1:00 PM: Welcome
Dr. Richard Di Giulio, Professor of Environmental Toxicology and Director, Superfund Basic Research Center; Director, Integrated Toxicology Program
General introductions by all.
Charlotte Clark and Sherrill Hampton: Ask everyone to share ways they have seen/experienced environmental justice or environmental health issues in their teaching, outreach, or educational experiences already (if at all). Brief intro to modifying the website.
1:30 to 3:15: Introduction to Key Concepts
Casey Roe, Outreach Coordinator with Sustainable Duke, Duke University
Superfund (CERCLA) – purpose, history, and current state:
Dr. Charlotte Clark, Director, Research Translation Core, Duke Superfund Research Program; Duke Faculty Director of Sustainability
Matt Cone, Global Issues & Systems Instructor, Carrboro High School;
Kathy Sikes, Duke University Program in Education, Service Learning Instructor;
Sherrill Hampton, Johnson C. Smith University
Laura Dishaw, Doctoral student, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University.
3:15-4:15: Case Study: Flame Retardants, Kids, Class, & Race (LSRC B240)
Dr. Heather Stapleton, Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Principal Investigator, Duke Superfund Research Center.
Directly at the end of this session, we will head by van to the Duke Farm.
4:45-5:30 PM: Duke Farm
Pick some produce for our own dinner!
6:00 PM: Dinner at the home of Charlotte Clark and Introduction to Migrant Farmworkers and Pesticide Exposure. Melinda Wiggins, Director of Student Action with Farmworkers.
The address is 2500 Auburn St., Durham, is very close to West Campus and our dorms.
Saturday, June 16
Breakfast on your own. On West Campus on Saturday in the morning, your options consistent of Pitchfork Provisions in McLendon Tower (next to the dorm), open at 6:45 AM, and McDonald’s (in the Bryan Center), open at 8 AM.
8:30 AM: Drive to Warrenton, NC. Car conversations on Warren County history and environmental justice. Meet outside Keohane 4E Dorm (on the nearby loop road).
10:00-11:45 AM: Meet with Deborah Ferruccio at Warren County Middle School library. Ms. Ferruccio was a lead activist in the PCB movement in Warren County during the early 1980s. She is dedicated to preserving the history and importance of this movement and is developing a website about the issue entitled “Our Road to Walk: Environmental Justice: Yesterday and Today.”
Noon: Lunch at Coley Springs Baptist Church in Warrenton
1:00-2:30 PM: Meet with Reverend Bill Kearney, Associate Pastor at Coley Springs Baptist Church. Coley Springs Baptist Church sits about one mile from the site of the PCB landfill. Rev Kearney will speak with us about the case and its impact on the community. He will also take us to the landfill and show us how he is working to transform this land into a site where community can come together to reflect on environmental justice and youth can return to the agricultural roots of the county.
2:30-3:30 PM: Conversation with Cathy Alston Kearney from the Warren Family Institute (WFI). WFI developed PCB curriculum during the early 2000s and distributed it to Warren County schools. Lori Easterlin will facilitate a discussion to brainstorm about possible service learning projects with the Warren County educators.
3:30-5:00 PM: Drive to Durham
6:00 PM: Head to downtown Durham on the Bull City Connector (Duke South Hospital stop, Flowers Dr. & Trent Dr.) for burgers at Bull City Brewery (107 E. Parrish St.). All food here is local; beef is local and pasture-raised. Beer is locally brewed.
Evening: Juneteenth celebration in downtown Durham. The Bull City Connector is a free bus service from downtown to the Duke Campus. Participants can return with the group, or stay longer and return on their own. The Connector runs every twenty minutes until midnight. Participants who will return on their own should pay particular attention to where the bus picks up and drops off to be able to return to the dormitory.
Sunday, June 17
Morning: Church or Duke Gardens or time to read materials.
Breakfast and lunch on your own. See the Duke Dining Venues & Menus page for options.
12:30-2:30: Tour of Coon Rock Farm, Hillsborough, NC, with discussion about organic farming practices. Meet outside Keohane 4E Dorm (on the nearby loop road).
Coon Rock Farm is a sustainable family farm providing garden crops and pasture raised antibiotic and hormone free chicken, eggs, pigs, lamb and goat on 55 acres nestled along a bend in the Eno River. The Farm concentrates on sustainably and bio-dynamically taking care of the land while letting it take care of us. They produce vegetables that are mostly heirloom varieties and are grown without chemicals of any kind. The farm animals are pastured raised and grass fed and never given antibiotics or hormones. Farm chickens are heritage breeds that provide both meat and eggs and are completely free range.
2:45 PM-5:45 PM: Bringing an anti-oppression lens to environmental justice and service learning, led by Kifu Faruq. (LSRC B240, possibly also A109 and A148) We will discuss race, class, and equity in the context of environmental injustices and service learning, highlighting expertise from our participants. We will be joined also by service-learning practitioners Matt Cone, Kathy Sikes, and Lori Easterlin as well as Nandini Kumar from Student Action with Farmworkers.
6:30 PM: Dinner at the restaurant Piedmont, which largely serves food grown or raised at Coon Rock Farm!
Monday, June 18
Breakfast on your own. See the Duke Dining Venues & Menus page for options.
8:30 AM: Depart for Wake County Regional Center, Fuqua-Varina, NC. We will be joined by Raul Granados, staff from Student Action with Farmworkers who is from a farmworker family. Meet outside Keohane 4E Dorm (on the nearby loop road).
9:30 to 10:45 AM: Tour led by Kadi Hodges, RN, BSN, MPA, Farmworker Health Program Coordinator, Wake County Human Services. We will hear from Kadi about the health risks this program sees among farmworkers, especially related to pesticide exposure, and the ways that this program educates farmworkers to protect themselves from these risks.
11:00 AM: Return to Durham
Lunch: Refectory in the Divinity School, next to Duke Chapel.
1:30-5:00 PM: Simultaneous activities in smaller groups
(A) In the laboratory (Laura Dishaw, LSRC A350): Introduction to laboratory methods used to examine the effects of toxic chemicals (pesticides, flame retardants) on zebrafish embryos and behavior.
(B) Curriculum brainstorming (Lori Easterlin). LSRC A109 and A211 reserved 1:00-5:00PM. Preference A211 when 1 group only.
Dinner on campus on your own. See the Duke Dining Venues & Menus page for options.
7:00 PM: Movie night and conversation. (Keohane University Room) “The Guestworker/ Bienvenidos a Carolina del Norte.” Produced and directed by Charles Thompson, director of the Duke Center for Documentary Studies, and Cynthia Hill. Premiered at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC, aired on PBS fall 2006, 2007, and has traveled internationally, including to the Berlin Film Festival and the Universidad de Guanajuato in Guanajuato, Mexico US.
Tuesday, June 19
Breakfast on your own. See the Duke Dining Menus & Venues page for options.
9:00 AM-12:00 noon: Finalize curriculum brainstorming & share. Planning for future steps. (LSRC A109 and A211)
Lunch: Refectory in the Divinity School, next to Duke Chapel.
1-1:30 PM: Evaluation of workshop. LSRC A153.
1:30-3:00 PM: Wrap-up conversations about environmental justice, service learning, and science. Outside or LSRC A109 and A211. Other housekeeping items.
3:00 PM: Workshop concludes