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54 Halsey Street, Room 422
Newark, NJ 07102

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Humanities Action Lab


This evolving multi-media installation was initially created by a coalition of students, educators, and community leaders in over 22 cities across the US and around the world. As a traveling exhibit and digital platform with related programming, Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice provides multiple ways to learn about environmental issues affecting various communities, the historical roots of these issues, and strategies to transition from extractive environments to generative ones. The project launched in Newark, NJ, in October 2019 and is currently traveling to each city represented in the exhibit.


New communities are adding their stories all the time -- we hope you’ll add yours. Interested? See below or contact us.

Local partners:​

  • Teach a course on the history of climate and environmental justice in global and local context, using HAL’s teaching resources as desired

  • Collaborate with a local group or organization outside the university led by frontline communities--immigrants, low-income earners, and people of color--most immediately impacted by climate and environmental (in)justice

  • Through the course, lead students to collaborate with community partners to curate a “chapter” of the project about climate and environmental justice in your locality, using HAL’s design template and workplan, for inclusion in a physical and digital exhibit

  • Host exhibit at a local venue

  • Host public dialogues around exhibit

  • Optional:  host local companion exhibits that explore local story/issue more deeply, within the same design frame
    as the international exhibit or in a completely different media.

  • Assume costs for digital and physical exhibit design/fabrication (paid to HAL).  This includes production of local
    chapter for inclusion in international exhibit, plus design templates and instructions for producing additional
    chapters for local companion exhibits, should partner choose to create them

HAL provides:​

  • Teaching resources on both subject and methodology, including readings and other media on climate and environmental justice histories, and guidelines and models for community collaboration/co-curation and dialogue facilitation

  • Week-by-week curation work plan, providing guideline for how to work with your team to produce a “chapter”
    within a one or two semester sequence

  • Design guidelines detailing number of images, amount of text, and options for media and formats for both
    physical and digital exhibits

  • Design files and material specifications and instructions for production of additional local exhibits.

  • Digital and physical exhibit design and production

  • Exhibit shipped and insured

  • Public program designs

  • Communications package and support for publicizing local events

  • Web platform for student project and stories

  • Support to participate in convenings with other international partners, with opportunities for students, faculty, and community partners to exchange work and experiences

Partners or their local venues should be prepared to assume costs of local hosting which may include support for community partnership, exhibit installation (including packing and unpacking and public programming), and a fixed shipping fee.