Niki Okuk was the keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Social Theory Conference: Sustainable Development and Social Justice in the Age of Trump.
Sponsors: Cal State Los Angeles’ Sociology Club, Department of Sociology and the Institute for Urban Sustainability.
Topic: With the Trump administration taking the helm of the government, the questions of sustainable development and social justice have gained increasing attention. Will the environment be sacrificed for corporate profits under this administration? Is there a growth in attacks on marginalized communities? The goal of this conference is to bring together faculty and students from different academic fields to have an interdisciplinary dialogue about these urgent issues and to explore, from a longer-term perspective, the possibilities of building alternative socio-economic institutions that defy the market logic of boom and bust in the hope of finding a path that will lead to sustainable growth and prosperity for all.