Tue, Jun 26 at 7:30 p.m. | 90 minutes
Using examples from Hurricanes Katrina and Maria, this Olio will unpack several antagonistic social relationships that not only create the conditions for ‘natural’ disasters, but extend far beyond the single event.
One year after Hurricane Katrina, geographer Neil Smith wrote “there’s no such thing as a natural disaster”, arguing that disasters, regardless of their environmental origins and impact, are socially produced phenomena. Such causes, from fundamentally changing the topography of the region to the organized abandonment of low income neighborhoods, became evidently clear in the days following the storm.
Lauren Hudson is currently a doctoral candidate in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center where she writes about anti-capitalist organizing among women in NYC.