Flights of Fancy and The Art of the Possible: The Implications of Possibilistic Thinking in a Scenario Analysis and Disaster Recovery Context, New York Federal Reserve Bank, November 2009.
Brecht Forum, Emergent Communities & Elite Panic, New York, November 2009.
Foreseeing Catastrophe and Controlling Risks: Lessons From Disaster Studies, Keynote at OpRisk conference on managing and mitigating operational risk, New York, March 2009.
Agencies of Catastrophe: How Scientists Warned, or Did Not Warn, About Katrina, Risk and Planet Earth: Vulnerability, Natural Hazards, Integrated Adaptation Strategies, Keynote, University of Leipzig, March 2009.
Agencies of Catastrophe: Researching Katrina and its Environments, Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, March 2009
Disaster and Sustainability: The Cultural Perspective, University of Copenhagen, November 2008
Kansas All-Hazards Behavioral Health Symposium, Plenary, October 2008
Confronting Vulnerability in the Delaware Valley, Drexel University, October 2008
Amazing success stories, and the failure of sociology to account for them: disaster
anecdotes from the field, Southern Sociological Society, Richmond, VA, April 2008.
Worst Case Thinking About Environmental Disaster, Consortium for Inter-Disciplinary Environmental Research, Stony Brook University, March 2007.
Social Science & Disaster, Disasters: Recipes & Remedies, New School for Social Research, New York City, November 2007.
Worst Cases: Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination, Epstein, Becker, and Green, Newark, NJ, October 2007.
Elite Panic: More to Fear Than Fear Itself, American Sociological Association, New York, August 2007.
Worst Cases: Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination, Anschutz Lecture, Princeton University, March 2007.
Worst Cases and Terrorism: Problems in Social Organization, Crisis Management Research and Training, National Defense College, Stockholm, Sweden, March 2007.
Response to Terrorism: Enhancing Organizational and Policy Reliability, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden, March 2007.
Worst Case Thinking in a Dangerous Age, Mardi Gras Keynote, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, February 2007.
Worst Cases: Types of Rationality in Thinking about Disaster, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Stanford University, January 2007.
Retired Faculty Association of Rutgers University, Rutgers University,
and Insurance Management Society, Calgary, September 2006.
Katrina, Keynote, Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of
Terrorism Events, University of Southern Califoria, August 2006.
Documents and Worst Cases: Imagining and Thinking in Dangerous Times,
Keynote, School of Public Health, Ohio State University, July 2006.
of the Possible, Risk Forum, Organizational
Risk in Today's World, London School of Economics, June 2006.
New York Disaster Interfaith Services, Third
Annual Clergy Summit, New York, NY, June 2006.
and Disaster Mis-Management, Keynote, Safety
in Action conference, Melbourne, Australia, May 2006.
and Globalization, McGrann
Research Conference, Department of Geography, Rutgers University,
New Brunswick, NJ April 2006.
Lessons from Katrina and Other Future Catastrophes, Keynote, Princeton
Theological Seminary, Princeton, March 2006.
Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination, Keynote, Université
de Technologie de Compiègne, Paris, March 2006.
As Forecasters of Catastrophic Environmental Events, Southern Sociological
Society meetings, New Orleans, March 2006, with Shirley Laska &
Thematic PanelHurricane Katrina and Issues of Space, Eastern
Sociological Society, Boston, February 2006.
Thinking in a Dangerous Age, Institute for Global Leadership, Keynote,
of Fear forum, Tufts University, Boston, February 2006.
and Disaster Preparedness, Thomas
J. Anton/Frederick Lippitt Conference, Keynote, Taubman Center
for Public Policy, Brown University, February 2006.
Forum, New York University and Social Science Research Council,
Katrina, School of International and Public Affairs and Earth Institute,
Columbia University, November 2005.
Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination, Rutgers Life-Long
Learning Program, Highland Park, NJ, November 2005.
Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination, College of New
Jersey, October 2005.
Member and Keynote Speaker, National Society of Collegiate Scholars,
Rutgers University, October 2005.
Social Stratification of Suffering in Disaster, American Sociological
Association, Philadelphia, August 2005. ASA
About Worst Cases?, Rural Sociological Society, Tampa, August 2005.
New Jersey School Security Summit on "Empowering
School Communities through Knowledge, Partnerships and Service,"
Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination, SUNY-Brockport,
Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination, New Jersey Institute
of Technology, February 2005.
and Worst Cases: Living and Dying in an Age of Probabilism,
Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, Rutgers
University, November 2004.
Thinking and Near Earth Objects: Problems and Prospects in Theory
and Policy, International Council for Science, Workshop on Comet/Asteroid
Impacts and Human Society Tenerife, November 2004. Invited keynote.
I had to decline this at the last minute.
Inquiries Into Terror, Calamity, and Imagination. Plenary speaker,
Mid-South Sociological Association, Biloxi, October 2004.
Documents and Worst Cases, University of California, Santa Barbara,
and the National Public Health Response, Health Care Excel,
Indianapolis, September 2004.
An Inquiry Into Disaster, Terror, and Imagination, University of
Colorado, Boulder, July 2004.
of Terror: Mental and Physical Health, Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration, Washington, DC, June 2004. Held
at the National Press Club. Conference
on disaster and local preparation, Interstate Labor Standards Association,
hosted by the NJ Department of Labor, Atlantic City, June 2004.
lecture on disaster preparedness and response, Church World Service
Forum on Domestic Disaster Ministry at Princeton
Theological Seminary, March 2004.
and fantasy documents, American Association for the Advancement
of Science, Seattle, February, 2004,
The Human Question in
Planetary Defense, Planetary Defense Conference, February 2004,
sponsored by the American Institute
of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Defining and Enhancing
Safety Culture in Healthcare, Jacksonville, January 2004.
assumptions, worst case possibilities: fantasy planning in the Department
of Energy's long term stewardship program, Society for Risk Analysis,
Baltimore, December 2003.
Human Dimension of Disasters: Applying Social Science Research to
Preparation," organized by the American Sociological Association,
briefing for US Congress, October 2003.
Conference, Harvard Medical International, Harvard School of
Public Health, Harvard Medical School, October 2003.
Sociological Association, 1. Special session on "Worst Cases,"
2. Public policy and disasters, 3. Culture and economics, August
and bioterrorism: Rutgers' Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical
Last February I
spoke at a special invitational conference in Washington, DC.
The title was "Leadership during Bioterrorism: The Public as
an Asset, not a Problem". The Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian
Biodefense Strategies convened the meeting in collaboration with
the Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention
of Terrorism and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Also in February I presented
work on how we should prepare for the risk of a near-earth object
strike, at the American Association for
Advancement of Science meetings.
Also in February (busy
month) I gave a talk at the City
University of New York, Graduate Center, entitled "Mission
Improbable: Using Fantasy Documents to Tame Disaster."
December 21, 2009