Symposium, May 2017

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CSW’s Chemical Entanglements Symposium took place on May 4-5, 2017.

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This symposium convened a group of scholars, scientists and community based researchers, artists, documentarians, and policy makers to assess the gendered impacts of (primarily endocrine-disrupting) chemicals on human populations. By marshaling a variety of perspectives—laboratory, ethnographic, epidemiological, and narrative, this transdisciplinary collaboration explored how gender has made a difference in the public’s knowledge with regard to the cumulative effects of environmental toxins. Speakers used methods from across scholarly disciplines to assess the way gendered patterns of exposure contribute to illnesses.


We were delighted to welcome Keynote Speaker Florence Williams!

Florence Williams is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for the New York TimesNew York Times MagazineThe New York Review of BooksSlate, Mother JonesHigh Country NewsO-Oprah, W., Bicycling, and numerous other publications. She is also the writer and host of the new Audible Original series, Breasts Unbound.

A fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature and a visiting scholar at George Washington University, her work focuses on the environment, health, and science. In 2007-2008, she was a Scripps Fellow at the Center of Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado.

Her first book, BREASTS: A Natural and Unnatural History  (W.W. Norton 2012), received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in science and technology and the 2013 Audie in general nonfiction. It was also named a notable book of 2012 by the New York Times.

Our Panel Session Speakers included:

Karim Ahmed (National Council for Science and the Environment)

Jesse Cohen (Canaries)

Martha Dina Arguello (Physicians for Social Responsibility)

David Crews (University of Texas at Austin)

Nourbese Flint (Black Women for Wellness)

Kim Fortun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Andrea Gore (University of Texas at Austin)

Liza Grandia (UC Davis)

Tyrone Hayes (UC Berkeley)

mark! Lopez (East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice)

Shahir Masri (UC Irvine)

Teresa Montoya (New York University)

Peggy Munson (Artist, Writer, Activist)

Ana Soto (Tufts University School of Medicine)

For a compiled list of the Speaker Biographies and Abstracts, please visit the CE Speaker Bios and Abstracts page.

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Get Involved:

JOIN OUR WORKING GROUP: Faculty and graduate students from across disciplines meet quarterly to discuss issues related to gender and exposure. Learn how to join here.

JOIN OUR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT GROUP: Undergraduate students can volunteer or receive research credit to conduct original research, participate in awareness campaigns, shape policy recommendations, and contribute to educational videos. Learn how to join here.

READ OUR BLOG: The Chemical Entanglements blog features reports from the field, interviews, film reviews, and more! Read our latest updates here.

WRITE FOR THE BLOG: We want your contributions to the Chemical Entanglements blog! Find out more here.

SHARE THE AIR: One simple way that you can reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals–and help safeguard the health of those around you–is by using fewer fragranced products in your everyday life. Learn more about CSW’s Share the Air initiative.