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Environmental Studies

Subduction and Seduction: Upping the Appeal of Earthquake Messaging

Date: 7:00pm PDT October 24, 2016 Location: Venetian Theatre and Bistro, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro

Venetian Theatre and Bistro, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro

In this talk, Associate Professor of Geological Science at Lewis & Clark College, Liz Safran, explores the role that visual media can play in helping the Pacific Northwest become an “earthquake culture.” She will dive into the origins of the hazards we face and some of their potential impacts; explore the power and pitfalls of existing disaster preparation messaging; and tour you through her own experiments into what people take away from media, what motivates them to act, and what role the imaginary can play in grasping the real.

Liz is a geomorphologist – a geologist who studies how landscapes evolve. She joined the Environmental Studies Program at Lewis & Clark College in 2000. Liz’s past research focused on erosion by water and landslides, but her most recent work on Cascadia earthquake-related communication is an interdisciplinary collaboration with professors in Psychology and Rhetoric and Media Studies. For Liz, this collaboration was inspired by the close connections with colleagues and the thinking across boundaries that life in an interdisciplinary program at a liberal arts college fosters. Originally from the Boston area, Liz got her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, her M.Sc. from the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. When not obsessing over the Cascadia earthquake, Liz is apt to be swimming, studying Japanese, running, or playing taiko drums.

Event will be held at the Venetian Theatre and Bistro, 253 E. Main St., in Hillsboro. Doors Open at 5 p.m.


Event Cost

$5 Suggested Donation