The Atomic Age from Hiroshima to the Present: Introduction


May 21, 2011
August 22, 2011
UChicago Creative


The Atomic Age from Hiroshima to the Present - A Symposium

Introduction by Norma Field

As we enter the eighth decade of the nuclear era, how can we think about—and act upon—the relationship between
nuclear weapons and nuclear energy? The reality of Fukushima, following upon the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl, gives us new urgency as we explore the atomic age—weaponry and energy, from the Cold War era to our present predicament—as depicted in new documentaries by two women filmmakers, one from the U.S. and one from Japan. At the symposium, panels of experts will join the filmmakers for discussion and Q&A.

M.T. SILVIA Filmmaker | HITOMI KAMANAKA Filmmaker | KENNETTE BENEDICT Executive Director, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists | DAVID KRAFT Nuclear Energy Information Service | JOSEPH MASCO Anthropology, Univer- sity of Chicago | SIDNEY NAGEL Physics, University of Chicago | ROBERT ROSNER Astronomy & Astrophysics, Uni- versity of Chicago | NORMA FIELD East Asian Languages & Civilizations, University of Chicago | YUKI MIYAMOTO Religious Studies, DePaul University |TOMOMI YAMAGUCHI Sociology & Anthropology, Montana State University

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Please see the rest of the symposium:
Panel Discussion on M.T Silvia's "Atomic Mom"
Panel Discussion on Hitomi Kamanaka's "Ashes to Honey: For a Sustainable Future"
Roundtable Discussion