Witness to Disaster: Comparative Histories of Earthquake Science and Response


Date: Oct 29, 2009 - Oct 30, 2009

This workshop brings together a critical mass of scholars studying the history of modern seismology and earthquake response in North and South America, Europe, China and Japan. The goal is to situate current questions about natural disaster investigation and management in comparative historical and cultural context. It takes the form of an intensive meeting with pre-circulated papers, open to the public.

A keynote address will be held Thursday evening, October 29. The speaker will be Leonardo Seeber, the Columbia University seismologist who recently posited a causal link between the Sichuan quake of 2008 and the building of a nearby dam two years earlier. Dr. Seeber will reflect on his career of socially engaged field research across three continents and vastly different cultures, and on the present-day relevance of the workshop’s themes. Andrew Revkin, the New York Times science journalist and author of the Dot-Earth blog, will lead a question and answer session following Dr. Seeber’s lecture.

Date: Oct 29, 2009 - Oct 30, 2009

This workshop brings together a critical mass of scholars studying the history of modern seismology and earthquake response in North and South America, Europe, China and Japan. The goal is to situate current questions about natural disaster investigation and management in comparative historical and cultural context. It takes the form of an intensive meeting with pre-circulated papers, open to the public.

A keynote address will be held Thursday evening, October 29. The speaker will be Leonardo Seeber, the Columbia University seismologist who recently posited a causal link between the Sichuan quake of 2008 and the building of a nearby dam two years earlier. Dr. Seeber will reflect on his career of socially engaged field research across three continents and vastly different cultures, and on the present-day relevance of the workshop’s themes. Andrew Revkin, the New York Times science journalist and author of the Dot-Earth blog, will lead a question and answer session following Dr. Seeber’s lecture.

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