Hanford is currently embroiled in the world’s largest environmental cleanup, which includes the problematic construction of a $12.2 billion waste treatment plant. The site is burdened with in an aging workforce, a history of secrecy and a reputation for punishing whistleblowers. Meanwhile, even as stories of costly Hanford programs appear in the news, citizens of Washington State learn very little about the site and its history.
Engineer-turned-poet, Kathleen Flenniken, will present a personal take on the history of her hometown, Richland, and on the Hanford nuclear site where both she and her father worked. Kathleen will describe the difficulty she has had facing up to a friend’s father’s death of a radiation illness. In telling this personal history, Flenniken will help us break through the mind numbing numbers (waste that will last for tens of thousands of years, billions of dollars spent, etc.) to see the people and culture of Hanford.
Kathleen Flenniken was born and raised in Richland, and began her career as a civil engineer at the Hanford nuclear site. Discovering poetry in her early 30’s, she went on to earn her Masters in Fine Arts at PLU. Her latest poetry collection titled Plume, is a meditation on Hanford and her hometown. Named Washington State’s Poet Laureate for 2012-2014, Flenniken currently serves as president of Jack Straw Foundation- an audio art studio and cultural center.
Date: Thursday, January 7, 2016 Time: 10:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
Location: Garfield Book Company at PLU 208 S. Garfield St., Tacoma 98444 Class Fee: $15.00. You may register at the door. www.plu.edu/liferoadscholar
Learning Is ForEver is a community outreach of PLU, and is affiliated with Road Scholar. LIFE Program Coordinator – 253.241.4166