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Paradise Interrupted: Lessons to Be Learned from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, 2017

April 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


""The Departments of Geography and Chicano and Latino Studies and the Environmental Science and Policy Program with the support of the College of Liberal Arts Scholarly Intersections Program, are pleased to present:

Dr. Nancy Villanueva-Colón
University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón

  • Professor, Department of Social Sciences
  • Faculty liaison: UPR and Instituto Nacional de Energía y Sostenibilidad Isleña
  • Interests: hazards, environmental geography, population geography, solid waste disposal
  • Co-author, Atlas Ambiental De Puerto Rico
  • Ph.D., Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, Massachusetts

Dr. Nancy Villanueva-Colón is an environmental geographer with interests in natural and technological hazards and the economic and demographic contexts in which they occur. She had her own life upended by Hurricane María, observed the extreme impacts of the storm and its aftermath on the lives of her students and neighbors, and had the professional background to interrogate the economic restructuring that made Puerto Rico so vulnerable and the response to it so inequitable, inefficient, and ineffective. Her remarks offer sobering lessons learned for emergency managers, planners, community organizers, and environmental scientists, here as much as there.

Please join us for refreshments in PH1-230 after the talk.


April 18
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm