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E-Seminars in This Series

E-Seminar 1
Lead Poisoning and the Industrial Age

E-Seminar 2
The Modern Threat of Plastics

The Politics of Pollution
A Series of Two E-Seminars

Taught by: David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz

Description
In their two-part series The Politics of Pollution, Professors David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz examine the impact of industrial production on the well-being of workers and consumers alike. They explain how corporations have sought to avoid regulation and scandal by concealing negative health effects associated with their product, and they discuss the public outrage and activism that results when such hazards are revealed.



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Images of home decoration illustrate Professor Rosner's discussion of why the new middle class eagerly adopted lead paint.


In Lead Poisoning and the Industrial Age, the first e-seminar in the series, Professors Rosner and Markowitz concentrate on the lead industry as representative of industrial sources of pollution in the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries. In The Modern Threat of Plastics, the second e-seminar, they shift their focus to plastics—in particular, polyvinyl chloride (PVC)—as the emblematic substance of industrial disease in the second half of the twentieth century through today. Each seminar offers a comprehensive timeline detailing the industry use, health impact, and regulation of lead and plastics, respectively.

Series Length:6–10 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE
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Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading | Technical Requirements

Outline
E-Seminar 1
1. Introduction
2. Lead in the Industrial Age
3. Leaded Gasoline
4. The Rise of Lead Paint
5. Paint as Poison
6. The Government Steps In
7. Conclusion

E-Seminar 2
1. Introduction
2. Perceiving Plastic
3. Producing Plastic
4. Government Steps In
5. Public Awareness
6. Public Resistance
7. Beyond the Factory
8. Conclusion

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
David Rosner
David Rosner is Professor of History and Public Health at Columbia University and Director of the Center for the History of Public Health at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health. He received his doctorate from Harvard in the history of science and was University Distinguished Professor of History at the City University of New York. In addition to having received numerous grants, he has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, and a Josiah Macy Fellow. He has been awarded the Distinguished Scholar's Prize from the City University and the Viseltear Prize for Outstanding Work in the History of Public Health from the American Public Health Association.

Instructor's Background
Gerald Markowitz
Gerald Markowitz is Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Thematic Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and Professor of History at the CUNY Graduate Center. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Professor Markowitz has been awarded numerous grants, including from the National Endowment for the humanities. He is a recipient of the Viseltear Prize, from the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association, for outstanding contributions to the history of public health.

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Recommended Reading
Bullard, Robert D. Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class, and Environmental Quality. 3d ed. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 2000.

Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring. 1962. Reprint, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994.

Colborn, Theo, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers. Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival?: A Scientific Detective Story: With a New Epilogue by the Authors. New York: Penguin, 1997.

Markowitz, Gerald, and David Rosner. Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution. Berkeley: University of California Press; New York: Milbank Memorial Fund, 2002.

Thornton, Joe. Pandora's Poison: Chlorine, Health, and a New Environmental Strategy. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2000.

Warren, Christian. Brush with Death: A Social History of Lead Poisoning. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.


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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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