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CEE Endowed Lectures

Throughout the academic year, UW CEE is pleased to offer three annual endowed lectures supported by generous donors. The lectures provide an opportunity for the greater UW CEE community of alums, students, faculty and friends to gather for an educational and social event. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Annual endowed lectures

Learn more about CEE’s three endowed lectures, each of which features an annual lecture.

Upcoming lectures:

2019 Wenk Lecture

Featuring Laurie Johnson, internationally recognized urban planner specializing in disaster recovery

Tuesday, October 29, 3:30pm
Alder Hall Auditorium
Reception to follow in Alder 106
Free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

Rebuilding for resilience 

Disaster experience informs future recovery efforts 

Drawing upon years of experience researching and practicing post-disaster recovery planning and management, internationally recognized expert Laurie Johnson will present key findings from her recent book, After Great Disasters: An In-Depth Analysis of How Six Countries Managed Community Recovery. Johnson will offer insight from her experiences following Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the 1995 Kobe and 2011 Tohoku earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, the 2011 earthquakes in Christchurch New Zealand, the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in China and more.

Post-disaster community recovery offers opportunities to improve construction and design standards, renew infrastructure, create new land use arrangements, reinvent economies, and improve governance. If done well, rebuilding can also help break the cycle of disaster-related impacts and losses and improve the resilience of a city or region. The lessons presented can help communities and government leaders better organize and implement recovery after future disasters. A framework for planning, managing and retreating from future hazard-prone areas will also be presented. Learn more.