Meltdowns and Waves: Responding to disasters in the US and Japan summer global mosaic: 23 May to 17 June 2016. The course involved two weeks in the US and two weeks in Japan. The focus of the course was a comparison of the deadly 2011 Tohoku earthquake/tsunami and the resulting Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan with the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident and the 2012 Hurricane Sandy disasters in the US.
Highlights of the trip included exploring the College’s Three Mile Island archives, touring the Three Mile Island reactor, the hurricane flattened New Jersey coastline, the tsunami ravaged Tohoku coastline, and the irradiated ghost town of Tomioka. In between site visits, the students interviewed members of Non-Governmental Organizations and mothers displaced by the Three Mile Island and Fukushima nuclear accidents.