MEUCE Lecture: "Plutopia: The Great American and Soviet Plutonium Disasters" (FIU)

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Venue:FIU - Green Library - GL 220

ImageLecture: "Plutopia: The Great American and Soviet Plutonium Disasters" by Dr. Kate Brown, Professor of History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

β€œThe production of nuclear weapons changed Soviet and American societies by creating whole new kinds of communities and new definitions of citizenship and safety and risk,” said Kate Brown at a May 08, 2013 presentation of her new book Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters. Her research and the resulting book were born from two questions: why are the Hanford and Maiak plants (in Richland, USA and Ozersk, USSR, respectively) not household names like Chernobyl and Fukushima even though each plant issued β€œ2 to 4 times more isotopes into the environment than Chernobyl?” And the corollary question, how did these plants, whose construction and operation involved hundreds of thousands of workers each, not create any significant whistleblowers until decades after their creation?

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