Personally Speaking with Peter Thorsheim: Waste Into Weapons

Date Published: 
March 13, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 PM (Register)

It might seem that recycling was invented by 1970s ​environmentalists, but throughout history people have tried to find new uses for things that others thr​ow away. In his book, Waste into Weapons, history professor Peter Thorsheim shows that recycling played a surprisingly important role during World War II. While essential for national survival, recycling tended to alienate as much as to unite the British public. Waste into Weapons (Cambridge University Press) shows how, unlike in the 1970s, recycling was a means to further destruction, not conservation.

The event is free, but registration is ​ ​​requested. A reception will follow. Complimentary parking is available at 422 E. 9th St. across Brevard from the Center City building. Information will be emailed about how to obtain a parking pass. This is the final Personally Speaking event of 2016-17​, and t​he books and authors for the 2017-18 season will be announced.

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