How mass mining changed people’s lives, moved entire towns
What: Four Towns that Moved: How Mass Mining Changed Life and Landscape in the 20th Century
Who: Eagle Glassheim, Professor and Head of Department of History, University of British Columbia
When: Monday, February 19 at 6:45 p.m.
Where: Okanagan Regional Library, Ellis Street Branch, 1380 Ellis Street, Kelowna
Without mass destruction mining, the mass production and consumption that became common for much of the world in the 20th century would not be possible.
In the early part of 20th century, construction and consumption vastly increased. In order to supply the raw materials required to feed this consumption, mining technologies had to keep pace. Highly-mechanized, high-throughput, mass-destruction mining resulted, and led to surges in production which fundamentally changed landscapes, labour and ways of life in mining regions.
On Monday, February 19, at a special event organized by UBC Okanagan’s History and Sociology department, Eagle Glassheim, a professor of History at UBC, explores these changes through case studies of mining towns in Europe, Canada and the United States.
His talk will explore what the recent history of mass destruction mining reveals about connections between ourselves, the materials of our consumption, and remote mining landscapes and communities.
Join the discussion at this free, public event.
UBC’s Okanagan History and Sociology department, in partnership with the Okanagan Regional Library, brings leading thinkers from around the world to the Okanagan to discuss some of the big issues of today, tomorrow, and the past.