Asthma Activism: Scientific Challenges of Air Pollution and Environmental Issues

November 2nd, 2004 by Adam

The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University presents Phil Brown, speaking on Asthma Activism: Scientific Challenges of Air Pollution and Environmental Issues at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 16.

Brown is professor of sociology and environmental studies at Brown University. He is currently examining “contested illnesses” such as asthma, Gulf War-related illnesses and breast cancer, involving public debates over environmental factors. Among his other research interests are community responses to environmental hazards and social movements in health.

Brown is the author of No Safe Place: Toxic Waste, Leukemia, and Community about the Woburn childhood leukemia cluster, which was also the subject of A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr’s and a film of the same name.

Brown is editor of Perspectives in Medical Sociology and co-editor of the collection Illness and the Environment: A Reader in Contested Medicine.

The theme for the 2004-2005 Sidore Lecture Series is “Environmental Justice.” <Other series lecturers this year are: February 21, panel discussion on regional issues relating to environmental justice; March 14, Edwardo Lao Rhodes speaking on “Environmental Justice: Challenges and Obstacles” and April 12, Richard Heinberg, “The Party’s Over: Ramifications of the Coming End of Oil.”

All Sidore Lectures begin at 7 p.m. and are held in the Smith Recital Hall at Silver Cultural Arts Center on Main Street, Plymouth. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made at 535-ARTS. Each talk is followed by a reception with refreshments. For information, call 535-2501 Series information is also online at

The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series was established at Plymouth State in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the University each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time.

[ED NOTE: The omission of the period after the middle initial in the Sidore name is not an error. PSU adheres to the wishes of the family in presenting the name in this format.]