The Academic Minute: Michel Bruneau, University at Buffalo – The Blessings of Disaster

Published March 7, 2023


Michel Bruneau, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, appeared on The Academic Minute, a NPR podcast produced by WAMC-FM in Albany, to discuss his book, “The Blessings of Disaster.” 

“When looking at the existential threats ahead of us, one may ask: Are we doomed? Without any hesitation, I can say with unwavering confidence that the answer is definitely: ‘It depends,’”  Bruneau said. “This is because the story of our relationship with past and current disasters can provide insights on our future as a civilization – on how, as a society, we will tackle both upcoming disasters, as well as existential threats.”

Listen to the interview here.