America in Crisis


Event Date: 19 May 2017
Waterstones Bookshop
82 Gower St
London WC1E 6EQ

Birkbeck School of Arts Presents:

Birkbeck Arts Week 2017

America in Crisis

Join two of Birkbeck authors for a discussion of two key moments of crisis in recent US history, the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island (1979) and Hurricane Katrina as it devastated the US Gulf Coast (2005). Grace Halden’s ‘Three Mile Island: The Meltdown Crisis and Nuclear Power in American Popular Culture’ and Anna Hartnell’s ‘After Katrina: Race, Neoliberalism, and the End of the American Century’ (both published this year) use these events to explore larger narratives of self-destruction, environmental degradation, and displacement. There will be plenty of time for discussion after the talks.

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