Fall 2008 Colloquiums

Social Responses to Natural Disaster

Paul Greenough from the University of Iowa

Wednesday Sept. 17, 7 p.m. Sept. 17, Kirksville Telecommunications Resource Center located at 315 S. Franklin Street.

Through the recent experiences of Hurricane Katrina and the Cedar Rapids flood, social responses to natural disasters are revealing not only of individual character, but also of regional resources, political forces and institutional preparation. Greenough, a historian of health, will explore three cases from South Asia to compare and contrast with domestic experiences, including: the East Pakistan cyclone of November 1970, the Gujarat earthquake in India in January 2001, and the Sri Lankan tsunami of December 2004.


Teaching About Terrorism

Dereck Daschke and Mark Appold

Thursday Oct. 23, 7 p.m. MG 2001


Indigenous Survival: Strategies of Cultural Resistance

Bonnie Mitchell, assistant professor of sociology
Thursday Nov. 20, 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in MG 2001.

Mitchell’s presentation will explore how smaller, less economically powerful groups preserve cultural integrity and autonomy inside dominant societies and what strategies of cultural resistance they employ.