In-Class Guest Lecture | Sharon Prince and Luis c.deBaca, Grace Farms: What can you do to combat modern slavery in the built environment?

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 6 - 8pm

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This event will be conducted through Zoom. Please register in advance here. Zoom account registration is required.

This lecture is hosted by Structures IV with Professor Nat Oppenheimer. 

Although human rights advocates have begun to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of forced labor in construction projects around the world, the use of raw and composite materials produced by forced labor in the built environment largely continues with impunity.

What is modern slavery? What is an ethical building materials supply chain? Many architects and designers work to ensure a building is sustainable built, but are they also ensuring it is ethically sourced?

This event is free and accessible to the public. 

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