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Landmark of Death: Purpose, Meaning, and Culture at the Golden Gate Bridge; a conversation with Louise Nelson Dyble at the Huntington, April 23

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The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West has scheduled an “In conversation” seminar April 23 with Louise Nelson Dyble, Ph.D., on her research about the Golden Gate Bridge.

From the announcement:

Landmark of Death: Purpose, Meaning, and Culture at the Golden Gate Bridge
Louise Nelson Dyble, Ph.D.

Suicides have been a persistent problem for the officials of the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District since the first disconsolate jumper plunged to his death in August 1937.  By 1940, the bridge’s macabre appeal had attracted national attention.  Seventy years later, the iconographic bridge retains its lure and fatalities are more frequent than ever.  It has been the site of more than 1,300 confirmed suicides, three times more than any other structure in history.  Dyble will discuss this phenomenon, drawing upon historical research and organizational theory to offer an answer to the question of why there is no suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Louise Nelson Dyble is the Associate Director of Research of the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy at the University of Southern California.  Her book, Paying the Toll: Local Power, Regional Government and the Golden Gate Bridge, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in March 2009.

Thursday, April 23, 2009
12 noon to 1pm
Seaver classrooms, Huntington Library

This seminar is a part of a brown bag luncheon series sponsored by ICW.  The events are open to any who wish to attend, and a limited number of lunches will be available on a first come/first served basis.   To reserve a seat, please respond to Kim Matsunaga at at least one week prior to the seminar.


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