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   Date: 9/11/13 Bookmark and Share

Devastation in the Pacific

Nov. 25 Panel to Discuss Typhoon Haiyan and Aftermath

When a tropical storm named Haiyan in the south Pacific billowed into one of the most intense typhoons on record, with sustained winds of 195 miles per hour, it wreaked havoc as it struck two islands in the central Philippines on November 7.

  Typhoon Haiyan has left nearly 2 million people homeless and more than 600,000 displaced.

The death toll continues to climb beyond 4,000—and may reach 10,000 by some estimates—around Samar Island and Leyte as relief organizations strive to assist with food, supplies, medical aid and transportation.

No Smith students or their families were in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

The Lewis Global Studies Center will host a panel, “Typhoon Haiyan: Disaster Relief and Recovery in the Philippines,” on Monday, Nov. 25, at noon, with guest speakers Richard T. Chu, Five College Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and Josh Miller, associate dean of the Smith School for Social Work, and professor of social work.

President Kathleen McCartney will present opening remarks.

The event, which will take place in the Lewis Center, Wright Hall, is part of the center’s series, WHAW (What’s Happening Around the World), and is also sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. A Pizza lunch will be served.

Richard Chu, whose research focuses on Philippine colonial history and Chinese diaspora communities in the world, was born and raised in the Philippines and has taught at Ateneo de Manila University, where he also completed undergraduate studies. He teaches courses on Pacific empires, Philippine colonial history, Asian American history, the Chinese diaspora, and world history.

Josh Miller, author of Psychosocial Capacity Building in Response to Disasters, frequently travels to areas of devastation around the world—including Hurrican Katrina, the Asian Tsunami, the Haitian earthquake, armed conflict in Northern Uganda, and the Sichuan province earthquake in China—to consult on disaster response and counsel people affected by crises.


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