What does it mean for a city or a nation to be “resilient” in an era of climate change and, indeed, climate disaster? In Puerto Rico, Hurricanes Irene and Maria brought devastation to thousands of island residents, exacerbating already perilous battles over land rights, infrastructure, and the preservation of a sustained, low-income threshold for livable and affordable housing. Here in New York, already precariously maintained and financed subways, public housing, and power grids overwhelmed the city, particularly in flood plain areas of the Lower East Side, Sunset Park, and the Rockaways. How do community organizations and government respond to these issues by operationalizing a discourse of “resilience,” and how are they working together (or in productive conflict) to insure that all of us, including our most vulnerable residents, are sustained and thriving?
Join us for a conversation between:
Deepak Lamba-Nieves, Research Director & Churchill G. Carey, Jr. Chair in Economic Development Research, Center for a New Economy, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Julia Nevarez, Assistant Professor, Kean University and author of Governing Disaster in Urban Environments: Climate Change Preparation and Adaption after Hurricane Sandy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018)
Moderated By: Diana Graizbord, Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Georgia
Co-sponsored by Institute for Public KnowledgeRSVP
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