The Lessons of Fukushima Symposium

altAs we are approaching the one-year anniversary of the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that hit northern Japan, a two-day symposium at Willamette University’s College of Law gathered people to identify and learn from the global lessons of Fukushima.

“The Lessons of Fukushima” was Feb. 24-25 in Salem and featured first-hand accounts from survivors, who – along with scholars, community advocates and students – discussed the global and environmental repercussions of the successive meltdowns and malfunctions at the Fukushima nuclear plants.

To read an article from the Salem Statesman Journal, click here.

The keynote address will be delivered by Brett Walker at 3:15 pm on Friday Feb. 24th. He will be speaking on "The 3.11 Triple Disaster and Japan's Environmental Past."  Professor Walker is Regents Professor at Montana State University the author of several books including Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan (2010), winner of the George Perkins Marsh Prize for Best Book in Environmental History.

Attendees are invited to fold origami cranes for peace at a student-staffed crafts table, and a display room will feature video footage and information about the March 11 events. There, people are encouraged to write messages and record video messages for those living in affected Japanese communities. These activities are appropriate for ages 12 and older.

For a full list of speakers and events planned during the conference, click here.
This symposium is sponsored by Willamette University's Center for Asian Studies and the Center for Sustainable Communities.

For more information, please feel free to contact Warren Binford (Law) , Ron Loftus (CLA) , or Cecily McCaffrey (CLA) .



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