The Lessons of Fukushima

Nearly a year after a disastrous earthquake and tsunami hit northern Japan, a free two-day symposium at Willamette University’s College of Law will gather people to identify and learn from the global lessons of Fukushima.

 “The Lessons of Fukushima” is Feb. 24-25 in the Paulus Lecture Hall at 245 Winter St. in Salem. It features first-hand accounts from survivors, who – along with scholars, community advocates and students – will discuss the global and environmental repercussions of the successive meltdowns and malfunctions at the Fukushima nuclear plants.

Attendees are invited to fold origami cranes for peace at a student-staffed crafts table, and a display room will feature video footage and information about the March 11 events. There, people are encouraged to write messages and record video messages for those living in affected Japanese communities. These activities are appropriate for ages 12 and older.

For a full list of speakers and events planned during the conference, visit