Books Sandwiched In welcomes Dr. Kelsey Ellis

Join Dr. Kelsey Ellis for a discussion of The Cure for Catastrophe: How We Can Stop Manufacturing Natural Disasters by Robert Muir-Wood, Wednesday, March 27, noon–1:00 in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium at 601 South Gay Street.

In The Cure for Catastrophe, global risk expert Robert Muir-Wood argues that our natural disasters are in fact human ones: we build in the wrong places and in the wrong way, putting brick buildings in earthquake country, timber ones in fire zones, and coastal cities in the paths of hurricanes. Recognizing how disasters are manufactured gives us the power to act. Muir-Wood shows the power and promise of new predictive technologies and envisions a future where information and action come together to end the pain and destruction wrought by natural catastrophes. 

 Ellis, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Tennessee, received her doctorate from Florida State University. She is a hazard climatologist, focusing on the spatial and temporal patterns of atmospheric hazards, most often hurricanes and tornadoes. Ellis collaborates with researchers in other disciplines to understand hazards from a more holistic approach in an attempt to lessen human risk and/or vulnerability to weather and climate hazards.

Books Sandwiched In is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of Knox County Public Library. Bring a sandwich or pick up something at a downtown restaurant. Drinks will be available for 50 cents.