Date and Time:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Warren Hall, Grace Courtroom
Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed
Former Los Angeles Times reporter Judy Pasternak will discuss her new book Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed in which she tells the story of 80 years of uranium mining and the lethal effects it has had on the Navajo people. Pasternak's work spurred a congressman and a prosecutor to press for reform and repair of the devastating damage.
The book is the saga of four generations whose lives have been shaped by uranium. What happened at Monument No. 2 was repeated in communities across the reservation. Despite warnings from doctors and scientists that long-term exposure could be harmful, even fatal, thousands of miners worked unprotected. Long after the uranium boom ended, the neighbors continued to live with contamination. The radioactive “yellow dirt” ended up in their drinking supplies, in their walls and floors, in their playgrounds, their bread ovens, their churches and even their garbage dumps.
Lunch is provided. The event is free, but reservations are required no later than Friday, October 8. Please RSVP via e-mail.
About Judy Pasternak
Judy Pasternak is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. She has received numerous accolades for her work including the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism and the James V. Risser prize for Western Environmental Journalism. In her 24 years as a reporter with the Los Angeles Times, Pasternak tackled subjects ranging from Al Queda's private airline to the giant black hole in the center of the Milky Way.