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“Aluminum Wars," A talk by Mimi Sheller, PhD

April 23, 2013


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Dr. Mimi Sheller will be speaking on “Aluminum Wars” at the research Seminar of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University on Friday, April 26th. All seminars are held at 12 noon in the Academy’s Ewell Sale Stewart Library & Archives unless otherwise noted. These technical seminars are intended for scientists and college-level students. Guests from other research and higher education institutions and organizations are encouraged to attend.

The talk is based on Dr. Sheller’s forthcoming book Aluminum Dreams: Lightness, Speed, Modernity (MIT Press, 2014). This chapter concerns the ways in which aluminum was crucial to warfare, but also how the contemporary culture of innovation and entrepreneurship remains deeply entwined with the military-industrial complex, with serious implications for our ability to address ethical issues concerning global pollution, environmental destruction, and the huge impacts of aluminum production on marginalized people.

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