Celebrate the 80th year of Batman’s history with Emergency Management and English

The departments of Emergency Management and English are pleased to co-sponsor a talk by MA English graduate student, Mike Bittner.  Celebrate the 80th year of Batman’s history by attending this presentation focused on the interdisciplinary analysis of DC Comics and core emergency management principles.  All are invited and welcome to attend!When:2:00-3:00 p.m. Wednesday, 6 NovemberWhere: Century Theater, Memorial Union         Batman: Gotham City’s Emergency ManagerMike Bittner, MA English Graduate StudentOriginally published in 1999 and running through all Batman related titles published by DC Comics at the time, the No Man’s Land storyline centers around a devastating earthquake that levels much of Gotham City, and the subsequent actions of Batman and his allies as they attempt to protect the people of Gotham from both man-made and natural hazards. By looking at the storyline as a demonstration of various emergency management principles, this presentation will analyze how it moves through each of the four phases of emergency management: preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. The goal is to provide a comprehensive examination of how fictional narratives can be used to illustrate the four phases, making the often-times abstract concepts more concrete, and showing the importance of both preparedness and mitigation, two phases whose importance is often downplayed in fiction.  

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