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Environmental Studies and Sciences′ Symposium to Explore Natural and Unnatural Disasters

Publication Date: 1/25/2011

How do natural disasters affect communities? How do people in turn affect such crises? What makes a disaster unnatural?  These are some of the questions that will be addressed by distinguished experts, including bestselling author Simon Winchester, at a symposium titled “Natural and Unnatural Disasters.”

Free and open to the public, the event will take place Jan. 27 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on The University of Memphis Campus in the University Center Theatre. Rhodes’ Environmental Studies and Sciences Program is a sponsor along with The Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities & The Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the U of M.

The symposium begins with an address by Beatrice Manyani on the science behind the New Madrid earthquake and the debate about the dangers of another massive quake in Memphis. Along with an examination of the 1812 earthquake, speakers also will analyze the devastation of Hurricane Katrina as a lesson in how to conceptualize and respond to disasters.

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Jeff Jackson January 25, 2011

For more on this event, including info about the keynote speaker Simon Winchester, visit www.memphis.edu/moch