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Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 9:00pm

SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2006,
Smith Memorial Student Union Building
Browsing Lounge
Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway Avenue, Portland, OR 97201

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.: Geographies of Disaster

"The Light on the Horizon: Imagining the Death of American Cities"
Carol Abbott, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State

Gojira vs. Godzilla: Atomic Trauma and the Remaking of National
Molly Brown, Dept. of Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh

"The Highway of the Atom"
Peter C. van Wyck, Dept. of Communication Studies, Concordia
University, Montreal

Moderator, John Trombold, Dept. of English and Foreign Languages
University of Portland

10:45 - 12:00 p.m.: Spectacles of Trauma

The Burning Library
Daniel Rosenberg, Dept. of History, University of Oregon

Lucy Lies: Narrative Unreliability and Trauma in Villette
Heide Bauer, Dept. of English, Portland State University

Cannibalism, Nervous Women, and Telepathy: Victorian Reactions to Sir John
Franklin's Disastrous 1845 Voyage to the Arctic
Katy Brundan, Program of Comparative Literature, University of Oregon

Moby-Dick and U.S. Imperialism
John R. Eperjesi, Dept. of English, Portland State University

Moderator, Oscar Fernandez, Dept. of Foreign Languages
Portland State University


1:30 - 3:00 p.m.: Theorizing Disaster II

Political Philosophy and Disaster
Naomi Zack, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Oregon

Lawful Injustices: Lacan and the Juridical Responses to Tragedy and
Scott Kerman, Dept. of English, Portland State University

The Crisis of Disaster
Jan Mieszkowski, Dept. of German, Reed College

"The New Normal: Spectacle and Terror in the Post-9/11 State of
Robert Bennett, Dept. of English, Montana State University

Moderator, Oren Kosansky, Dept. of Anthropology
Lewis & Clark College

3:15 - 4:45 p.m.: Responding and Anticipating: The Challenges of
Disaster Relief

Minda Heges, Thoughts on the Politics of Disaster Relief
Mercy Corps, Portland, Oregon

Emerging Diseases: The Avian Influenza Epidemic
Jan Semenza, Dept. of Community Health and Urban & Public Affairs, Portland
State University

Moderator, Cheleen Mahar, Dept. of Sociology
Pacific University

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