C of I history department hosts NEH lecture

The College of Idaho Department of History and the National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Lecture Fund are proud to present “Environments of Terror: 9/11, World Trade Center Dust, and the Global Nature of New York’s Toxic Bodies,” a lecture by special guest and alumnus Dr. Brett Walker. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is set for 7 p.m. April 6 in Boone Hall room 103.

Walker, a 1989 C of I graduate, will present his ongoing Guggenheim Fellowship project on asbestos, examining the possibility of global poisoning as industrial infrastructures around the world are destroyed by terrorism, war, natural disasters, or as they begin to decay. In particular, his talk examines how the 9/11 collapse of the World Trade Center affected first responders in New York and throughout the world. Dr. Walker is a history professor at Montana State University and the author of several popular books, including Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan and The Lost Wolves of Japan.

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