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Democracy Conversation Project – Ocean County Library
September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Ocean County Library, Toms River is pleased to present “Civic Participation in Cancer Alley” on Monday, September 12 at 7:00 pm. This hybrid public humanities program from scholar Thomas Belton will explore the environmental history of NJ and how citizens have shaped that history through activism and engagement.
In-person attendees should go to Mancini Hall; virtual attendees may register via Zoom. Click here for additional details and to register to attend in-person or via Zoom.
Thomas Belton is an author, journalist, environmental scientist, and marine biologist who worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for 25 years. His professional memoir, Protecting New Jersey’s Environment: From Cancer Alley to the New Garden State (Rutgers University Press) was named a 2010 Honor Book by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. As a research scientist, he has published hundreds of scientific articles and essays. His most recent essays include “The Making of an Environmentalist” (2021) in Transformations Magazine, and “Sea Level Rise and the Two Cultures” (2020) in Superstition Review. He is also a frequent op-ed writer for the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.