PLATTEVILLE — Dr. Travis Nelson, assistant professor in the UW–Platteville Department of Social Sciences, will give a faculty forum presentation, “On Haitian Earthquakes and Japanese Tsunamis: The International Politics of Natural Disaster” in UWP’s Doudna Hall Lundeen Lecture Hall Thursday, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m.
The event also includes a response by Dr. John Ifediora, UW–Platteville economics professor, as well as a question-and-answer session.
Nelson, who is currently researching the politics surrounding natural disaster, said he will address how seemingly “natural” disasters have political causes and the possible relationship between disaster and war.
“I will also cover the politics of disaster aid and the question of whether American aid is primarily driven by politics or humanitarianism,” said Nelson. “In the process I will discuss a number of cases, including the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the cyclone that struck Myanmar in 2008.”
The UW–Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education has been sponsoring the faculty forum series annually since 2004.