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The East Asia Center hosts a broad array of events covering the arts, humanities and social sciences. These events range from academic lectures by professors from the U.S. and East Asia to film festivals featuring documentary and feature films.

 

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November 2014


Natural and Unnatural Disasters: 3/11, Asbestos, and the Unmaking of Japanís Modern World

Friday November 7, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Loctaion TBD

Prof. Brett Walker

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program

For more information contact japan@uw.edu

  The massive earthquake of 2011 unleashed a tsunami that swept away entire communities. Along with an enduring nuclear legacy, it also left an estimated 25 millions tons of rubble, much of it contaminated with asbestos and other carcinogenic toxins. Indeed, the unnatural disaster of cleaning up Japan’s pulverized and aerosolized built environment remained. This talk investigates asbestos in the construction and, more importantly, destruction of Japan’s built environment, with a focus on the impact of the 3/11 disaster and the later clean up. (Part of a larger Guggenheim-funded project concerned with the unmaking of the modern built world, and what it means for the future of human health.)

Brett L. Walker is Regents Professor and Michael P. Malone Professor of History at Montana State University, Bozeman. His research and teaching interests include Japanese history, world environmental history, and the history of science and medicine. He is author of The Conquest of Ainu Lands: Ecology and Culture in Japanese Expansion, 1590-1800, The Lost Wolves of Japan, Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan, and the forthcoming A Concise History of Japan, from Cambridge University Press. He has also co-edited two volumes. He spends most of his time in southwestern Montana and the San Juan Islands, where he enjoys the outdoors.


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Korea Peninsula Forum 2014: Northeast Asian Regional Dynamics

Wednesday November 12, 2014
6:00-7:30 PM
Kane Hall - Walker-Ames Room

Christopher Hill

Center for Korea Studies

uwcks@uw.edu

For the first ground-breaking event for the Korean Peninsula Forum, Center for Korea Studies invites Christopher Robert Hill, the former United States ambassador to the Republic of Korea and currently the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, to give a public presentation. The Korea Peninsula Forum aims at enhancing the understanding and visibility of issues related to the Korean peninsula in the Northwest America and beyond. The Forum is proposed and sponsored by the Center for Korea Studies at University of Washington and will be supported by Korea Foundation.


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East Asia Center
University of Washington
301 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-6938 phone
(206) 685-0668 fax

William Lavely, Director
Mary Bernson, Director of Outreach
Kristi Roundtree, Associate Director
Stefanie Doolittle, Program Assistant
Curtis Reed, Program Coordinator