UMass Amherst Professor Rutherford Platt to Address Disasters and Public Policy on May 2

AMHERST, Mass. – Learning from disasters is fundamental to reducing future vulnerability to risk from natural or human causes, says Rutherford H. Platt, a member of the geosciences faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. But politics may obstruct or distort efforts to understand and change unwise practices, and he believes that has been the case following Hurricane Katrina.

Platt will address this issue in the final installment of the Spring 2006 Environmental Lecture Series, “Disasters, Environment and Public Policy,” on May 2 in the Bernie Dallas Room of the Goodell Building at UMass Amherst. The lecture starts at 4 p.m., followed by a reception. It is free and open to the public.

This is the university’s fourth annual environmental lecture series, organized by The Environment Institute at UMass Amherst with support from the vice provost for research and the Five Colleges.

Platt is director of the Ecological Cities Project, author of Disasters and Democracy: The Politics of Extreme Natural Events, and chaired the Natural Disasters Roundtable of the National Research Council from 2000-2003.

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