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Armin E. Elsaesser Fellowship – 2017/2018

Pallanza Bay, Italy. 2010. This is where this project started. [This is also where Alessandro Volta discovered methane in the reed beds way back in the 1770s and where plumbing still goes whang-o now and again when his discovery bubbles up in the wrong places]. I was there for a chlor-alkali site characterization and the question of who did what when and how that might make different parties more or less liable in the apportioning of remediation costs. There were many, many parts of that site characterization that were interesting, but what caught my attention up there along the shoreline was this: The Museum of the Art of Hat-Making. Yeah. There was the seed of a story there. 

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