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Professor William D. Johnston of Wesleyan University to give lecture, "Disasters Fast and Slow: Photography, History, and the Environment,” on March 31, 2018

William D. Johnston, Professor of History, East Asian Studies, and Society in Society at Wesleyan University, will give a lecture titled “Disasters Fast and Slow: Photography, History, and the Environment” on Saturday, March 31 at 4:30pm in Taylor Hall, Room 203. This event is free and open to the public.

This presentation strives to extend our thinking about disasters to include events that occur not only over minutes, hours, and days, but also over months, years, and decades. Together, photography and history can help us understand environmental catastrophes while transcending dichotomies of natural and human instigated, fast onset and slow onset. The Fukushima triple-disaster of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns facilitates thinking along these lines.

Johnston’s current project looks at how epidemics, wars, genocides, and disaster can be understood through the intersection of multiple epistemologies such as photography.

This event is sponsored by the History Department, and the generous support of the Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC) Grant.

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Vassar College is a coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, March 29, 2018