Virtual Event: Researching and Writing Histories of Disaster

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What does it mean to write histories of disaster in a time of protracted crisis? In what ways can the methods and approaches taken by historians of disaster help us to comprehend these seemingly acute incidents as outcomes of temporally expansive and historically contingent processes? Amidst and in the wake of wildfires, hurricanes, and the COVID-19 pandemic, how can historians of disaster link public memory and public debate?

On Wednesday, October 7, historian Andy Horowitz (Ph.D. in History, Yale ’14) will discuss these and other questions over Zoom, alongside the topics addressed in his book: Katrina: A History 19152015, a century-long political, cultural and environmental history of the events and decisions that led up to the storm and the community and government responses that unraveled in its aftermath.

The discussion, hosted by Yale Environmental History, is open to the public and will be moderated by Charlotte Leib, a Ph.D. student in History at Yale.

Registration is required. Please register here. The Zoom link and password will be circulated to registrants the day prior to the discussion, which will run from 4:00-5:00 pm EDT.

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Charlotte Leib

is a Ph.D. Student in History at Yale University. Her work focuses on the built environment and the ways that humans have responded to and represented environmental change and disaster on the Northeastern Atlantic coast during the seventeenth through twentieth centuries.

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