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‘Plastics Unwrapped: The Good, the Bad, the Debate’

The vivid, thoughtful exhibit, “Plastics Unwrapped,” on display at the Burke Museum through May 27, is custom-made to provoke conversations addressing both the upside and downside of plastics in modern life. They’ll take the form of lectures and panel discussions presented by the Burke and the UW Program on the Environment, collectively titled “Plastics Unwrapped: The Good, the Bad, the Debate.” Two are left, both happening 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, Burke Museum, University of Washington, Seattle; $5 at door (free to UW students, staff and faculty with UW ID).

The series opens Wednesday with “The Benefits of Plastic,” a panel discussion featuring Brenda Fukai-Allison (from Boeing), Jennifer Zumsteg (Harborview Medical Center) and Thomas Malone (MicroGREEN Polymers).

Upcoming topics include “Plastics in the Ocean” on April 24, and “Electronic Plastics: The National and International Management Debate” on May 22.

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Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times arts writer

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