Multidisciplinary Seminar Focuses on Lessons From Japan Earthquake

A multidisciplinary seminar presented through Extended Studies looks at the recent disaster in Japan. “Three Strikes: The 2011 Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Accident” will be offered as a series of evening lectures April 5-7 and April 12-14, and all day the weekend of April 9-10.

Natural disasters are a complex interplay of natural causes, governmental involvement and societal response. The effects of the March 2011 Japan earthquake arguably make it the most important seismic disaster to have occurred in at least 50 years. It was the first major earthquake disaster in a first-world country and caused one of the three worst nuclear accidents in history. Widespread faulty planning was in part to blame. Yet amid the images of devastation, suffering survivors and badly damaged nuclear plants there were things done right. This seminar will explore causes and effects of the triple disaster.

The seminar will be offered with a variety of choices for participants. For the general public, including Boise State students who cannot take the course for credit, attendance is free on a first-come basis. Boise State students can take it as a one- or two-credit course in the departments of History or Political Science; others departments may be added to the cross-listing. Any choice of lectures may be attended by students not seeking credit.

Boise State students taking the course for two credits must attend all sessions, while those taking one credit must attend the entire April 9-10 weekend. One-credit participants should register for Political Science 294 or History 294, while two-credit (upper division) participants should register for 494 in those departments.

Students taking the course for credit also will be required to do a research project. The project will be a three- to four-page paper (one-credit participants) or a paper plus a poster presentation (two-credit participants). A proceedings volume will be published incorporating lectures and selected student papers.

Additional information, especially schedules and meeting places, will be made available at

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