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    Vassar College
  Jan 17, 2018
Catalogue 2017-2018
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INTL 284 - Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria: What is the next in Climate Change Debate?

Semester Offered: Spring
0.5 unit(s)

(Same as ENST 284 ) Since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, shock at the massive level of destruction has given way to deep concern about what to do now, next, and down the road to bring back this unique city and region to social, cultural and economic health. Yet, many of New Orleans’s problems, which are also endemic to other US cities, predated the hurricane but were intensified following the disaster. Then, Sandy came to New York and devastated the “big apple,” which considered itself the capital of the financial markets of the world. These hurricanes not only devastated the cities and surrounding regions, they also highlighted the widespread and racialized poverty, failing public education systems, low wages, crumbling infrastructure, and polluted environments. And in 2017 came Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria: four storms that were powerful, destructive, and signals of more to come. Are they caused or strengthened by climate change? 

This class, by focusing on climate science, history, economics, politics, cultural and social studies, examines the impact of the recent devastation of hurricanes, the possible future that they indicate for the US and the Caribbean, and the possibility of developing alternative policies to confront the growing risk and un-insurability of tomorrow. Pinar Batur.

Second six-week course.

Two 75-minute periods.

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