Published: Sept. 14, 2017

How can disaster response effectively address vulnerable populations, that is, those “left behind” by inequalities in race, class, gender and bodily impairment? How should the state take such inequalities into account in disaster policy, and how can citizen groups affected by disaster effectively negotiate these inequalities to pursue a unified goal?

If you go

Who: Open to the public
What: Vulnerability and Disaster Response panel event
When: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Education building, room 220

On Sept. 19, panelists will examine how disaster response is inflected by vulnerability—and how it could be improved—drawing on fieldwork-based case studies and ethical theory.

Featured speakers include:

  • Lori Peek, professor of sociology, Natural Hazards Center director and co-author of the book Children of Katrina: Vulnerability among the Youngest Survivors of the Storm
  • Emmanuel David, assistant professor of women and gender studies and author of "Bridgework: Emergent Civic Action in Disaster Response"
  • Elizabeth Brake, Arizona State associate professor of philosophy and author of "Disaster, Vulnerability, and Equal Opportunity: The State's Role in Response"

Additionally, CU Boulder's Peek and David will speak on disaster preparedness at a Sept. 26 panel on campus.

The panel event is sponsored by the Center for Values and Social Policy and co-sponsored by the Department of Women and Gender Studies, the Department of Sociology and the Natural Hazards Center.