Response to catastrophes to be topic at Bates

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LEWISTON — The roles that the public and private sectors can play in reducing future damage and paying for losses following extreme events will be the topic of a presentation by Howard Kunreuther at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in G-52 Pettengill Hall. Kunreuther is a member of the Bates class of 1959 and is the James G. Dinan Professor of Decision Sciences and Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Kunreuther’s presentation is free and open to the public.

Kunreuther has a longstanding interest in ways that society can better manage low-probability/high-consequence events related to technological and natural hazards. He says that the disasters that occurred in the past year culminating in the Japan trifecta (earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant accident) are indicative of a new era of catastrophes, an era more interconnected and interdependent so that risks are becoming global in nature.

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