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Dr. Havidán Rodríguez to Speak at the UDLA Annual Faculty Lecture


Havidan Rodriguez
Dr. Havidán Rodríguez

     The University of Delaware Library Associates announces the 2006 Annual Faculty Lecture entitled “From the Indian Ocean Tsunami to Katrina: The Social Construction of Disasters and Catastrophes” by Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice and Director of the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware.  The Lecture will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2006, at 4:30 p.m. in the Reserve Room of the Morris Library of the University of Delaware.  A reception will follow Dr. Rodríguez’s presentation also in the Reserve Room.  Interested individuals may request a printed invitation by calling the Office of the Director at 302-831-2231 or by sending an email to .

    Dr. Rodríguez earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland.

    Dr. Rodríguez has published widely on disasters, diversity in higher education, and Latinas/os in the United States.  He is the co-editor with Dr. Enrico Quarantelli and Dr. Russell Dynes of the forthcoming Handbook of Disaster Research which has been much awaited.  Recent publications include “Reflections on the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Reduction:  How Can We Develop Disaster Resilient Communities” (2005) and “A Long Walk to Freedom and Democracy:  Human Rights, Globalization, and Social Injustice” (2004).

    Dr. Rodríguez has received numerous fellowships and awards including the 2004 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Disaster Medical Systems Outstanding Achievement Award.  His teaching interests are research methods in social sciences, population problems, bio-statistics, race and ethnic relations and sociology.

    The annual Faculty Lecture and Reception are open to the public.


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