Free Faculty Lecture Series Explores Disasters

Four-part series begins Oct. 12.

The Friends of the Allan Hancock College Library is sponsoring a series of free lectures in October and November that focus on various aspects of both natural and man-made disasters from pre-history to the present.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.  More recently, Hurricane Isaac brought more devastation to Louisiana.  Such events and society’s responses to them will be viewed through the lens of history, politics, film and science.  We will also examine why some disasters keep our attention for so long while others are rarely remembered.

Faculty presenters will focus on particular disasters such as the sinking of the Titanic, the 1926 Union Oil tank farm fire, the Point Honda maritime disaster and the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, as well as other massive-scale catastrophes in San Francisco and New Orleans and up-to-date information on the ecological disaster that brought about dinosaur extinction.

 Be sure not to miss this enlightening series:

  • The Calamities in Our Hearts: Disasters’ Place in History
    Friday, October 12, presented by Roger Hall, Ph.D., associate professor of history
  • The Political Consequences of Disasters
    Friday, October 19, presented by John Ashbaugh, Ph.D., instructor of history and global studies
  • Worst-Case Scenarios: Disaster and Disastrous Films
    Friday, October 26, presented by Cheryl Weiss, fine arts instructor
  • The Mother of All Disasters: Dinosaur Extinction
    Friday, November 2, presented by Mick Bondello, professor of biology

All lectures are held in the Santa Maria campus Forum (bldg. C, room 40) beginning at 6:30 p.m.  No registration is needed; no parking permit is required.  Call (805) 922-6966 ext. 3322 for more information.

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