The Business of Disaster: Colonial and Neoliberal Governance in Post-Maria Puerto Rico
Panel Discussion | January 24 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall
Vincanne Adams, Professor, Joint UCSF/UC Berkeley Program in Medical Anthropology; Cathy Kennedy, Registered Nurse and Vice President, National Nurses United; Javier Arbona, Professor, American Studies and Design, UC Davis
Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
The ongoing catastrophe following Hurricane Marias landfall on Puerto Rico in September has provided a stark reminder that disasters are never merely natural. As with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, historical inequalities have played a clear role in shaping the governments response. The enduring colonial relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico and the market-driven nature of governmental relief efforts are both critical to understanding the current crisis. Please join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United and the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine for a timely and urgent panel discussion with the following speakers to analyze these forces.