Professor, Montana State University
3/11, Asbestos, and the Unmaking of Japan’s Modern World
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 (Rescheduled from 11/18/14)
Allison Great Hall, 7 p.m.
Walker explores the role asbestos has played in the construction and, more importantly, the destruction of Japan’s environment, with a focus on the natural and the unnatural disasters of the 3/11 disaster and the later clean up.
This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Studies.
Biography (provided by the speaker)
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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