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CJS Noon Lecture ~ "Golden Age to Nuclear Nightmare: The Past, Present, and Future of the Fukushima Disaster"

Thursday, February 23, 2012
5:00 AM
Room 1636, School of Social Work Building, 1080 South University, Ann Arbor

Daniel P. Aldrich is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Purdue University (on leave for AY 2011-12 as an AAAS fellow at USAID). He has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Tokyo’s Law Faculty; an Advanced Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Program on US-Japan Relations; a Visiting Researcher at Centre Américain, Sciences Po in Paris; and a Visiting Professor at the Tata Institute for Disaster Management in Mumbai. He is the author of two books (SITE FIGHTS and BUILDING RESILIENCE) and more than 40 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, reviews, and OpEds.
How did Japan end up with nuclear power plants in coastal areas which are highly vulnerable to tsunami? How has civil society responded to a slow release of information about radioactivity and hazards? And what factors will facilitate or impede long term recovery in the affected areas? This talk will investigate the conditions which sited nuclear power plants in Ohkuma, Futaba, and other fishing villages along with the bottom up, citizen science that has emerged after the disaster and the role of social networks in long term recovery.