Symposium on Disaster Ethics and Public Policy

UN Relief Agency Tent City. Creative Commons license courtesy of the United Nations.

A panel of interdisciplinary scholars will address the challenges of planning for and responding to natural or human-made disasters. The event will be held Tuesday April 2, 1:00-2:15 in room 485 of the University Center.

Panelists include:

  • Robert W. Klein (Associate Professor of Risk Management and Insurance, Georgia State University)
  • Richard S. Olson (Professor of Politics and International Relations, Florida International University)
  • Daniel J. Smith (Assistant Professor of Economics, Troy University)

This free event is cosponsored by the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics, the Center for Ethics Student Forum, and the Department of Political Science.

The library has a number of books on disaster ethics and public policy, including:

Abu-Sada, Caroline. Dilemmas, Challenges, and Ethics of Humanitarian action: Reflections on Médecins Sans Frontières’ Perception Project. Montreal: Published for Médecins Sans Frontières by McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012.

Annas, George J. Worst Case Bioethics: Death, Disaster, and Public Health. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

De Waal, Alexander. Famine Crimes: Politics & the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997.

Liu, Amy. Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 2011.

Polman, Linda. The Crisis Caravan: What’s Wrong with Humanitarian Aid?
New York: Metropolitan Books, 2010.

Svedin, Lina. Accountability in Crises and Public Trust in Governing Institutions. New
York: Routledge, 2012.

Zack, Naomi. Ethics for Disaster. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009.

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