Book Discussion on Heat Wave
Mr. Klinenberg talked about the Chicago heat wave that killed over 700 people in one week during the summer of 1995. His book, Heat… read more
Mr. Klinenberg talked about the Chicago heat wave that killed over 700 people in one week during the summer of 1995. His book, Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, was published by University of Chicago Press and takes a detailed look at the death toll’s contributing factors - including the fact that a large number of the victims lived alone and had no family or community support. He also discusses the racial and economic dimensions of the disaster and comments on the skeptical response of city officials and the media, during and after the event. Professor Klinenberg showed slides during his presentation. and answered questions from members of the audience following his remarks.
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