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HUM 103: Understanding Disaster

Spring 2017

Professor Rachel Dinitto

MW 12:00-1:20pm

What happens when disaster strikes? How do we understand it?

This class will explore a number of disasters ranging from earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes, to nuclear bombs, accidents, and terrorist attacks. Topics include Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, the Fukushima disaster in Japan, Chernobyl, and the Atomic Bombs. We will interrogate how the humanities understand these disasters through representations in TV, film, photography, literature, and manga-comics, as well as what they say about the cultures and societies in which they happen.