Brett L. Walker is coming to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to give a public lecture titled “An Environmental History of Terrorism: 9/11, World Trade Center Dust, and the Global Nature of New York’s Toxic Bodies.” The free lecture will take place at the Art Building Auditorium on Tuesday, March 11, 6 p.m.
Walker received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013 for his project, The Slow Dying: Asbestos and the Unmaking of the Modern World. He investigates how nature, in manifestations ranging from infectious disease to nonhuman animals, has imposed its way onto the human past, as well as how humans have sliced, burned, extracted and engineered their needs and desires onto Earth and its living organisms.
Walker’s books explore how humans have altered the environment, or have been altered by the environment, across both historical time and geographic space.
His books include Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan (2010), The Lost Wolves of Japan (2005) and The Conquest of Ainu Lands: Ecology and Culture in Japanese Expansion, 1590–1800 (2001).
This free public lecture is made possible by the late Dai Ho Chun through his estate gift, which established The Dai Ho Chun Endowment for Distinguished Lecturers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Colleges of Arts & Sciences. This lecture is also sponsored by the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature.