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The theme of the 2010-11 Provost's Lecture Series is "Natural Disasters & Human Responses." Events such as the Southeast Asian tsunami of 2004, Hurricane Katrina, Sichuan earthquake of 2008, Haiti earthquake of 2010 conjure images of human suffering, shattered lives, broken communities, and heroic rebirths. With burgeoning global populations and increasing residential densities in hazard-prone areas, the frequency and seeming enormity of recent disasters have had a horrific toll. The speakers of the Provost’s series, drawn from experts in the media, government, arts, and other fields, will explore questions concerning planning, response, ethics, memorialization, history, literature, logistics, and most of all, human impacts related to mitigating and responding to these recurrent tragedies.
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