A History of (Un)Natural Disaster

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When a flood disaster strikes, should we shake our fist at God or chalk it up to bad luck? Flooding in the Midwest, or in Florida and Bangladesh, is both natural and unnatural. Engineering, landscape change, social power, and climate change all contribute to exacerbated flood risk, as well as other natural disasters. Let’s discuss how we got here, and where we need to go next.

This program will be interpreted in ASL, sponsored by the Forest Brick Fund.

About the speaker:

Amahia Mallea

Amahia Mallea is an environmental historian interested in the relationship between American societies and their lands and resources. Subjects of interest include cities, rivers and agriculture.



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Indoor Program (2021)

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.