Oct 20 Ashio/Minamata

Ashio Copper Mine 2002 (photo R Stolz)

Ashio Copper Mine 2002 (photo R Stolz)

We will move on from the suddenness of the atomic bombings to the chronic cases of environmental pollution including the Ashio Copper mine and Minamata disease (methyl mercury poisoning). In the coming weeks, there will be one more film to watch out of class, Minamata: The Victims and their World (on reserve at Clemons).

Readings:  Toxic Archipelago, Foreword, preface, prologue, and chapter 3; Bad Water, chapter one; Introduction to Rowing the Eternal Sea