Cold War Spaces – “Contaminated Space” June 24

The Wende Online continues it’s Wednesday afternoon series with Kate Brown, Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Under the title “Contaminated Space: Long Radioactive Half-Lives and Short Media Cycles in Chernobyl,” host Joes Segal and Brown will discuss the April 1986 explosion in Reactor 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and its place in environmental history. Brown is a prolific scholar with original research topics and unorthodox research methods. Among her prize-winning books are A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Wasteland (2004); Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (2013); Dispatches from Dystopia: Histories of Places Not Yet Forgotten (2015); and Manual of Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future (2019). We will speak about the story of Chernobyl, its representation in American and Russian television series, the history of radioactive leaks and their lasting environmental impact, the cover up of scientific findings in the service of political and economic interests, and parallels with the current pandemic.

Wednesday, June 24, 12 p.m. Pacific Time. RSVP link:

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