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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Atomic Testing Museum Presents - "From Splitting the Atom to the Cuban Missile Crisis: Writing the 1st Quarter-Century of the Nuclear Age"

Tuesday, January 12th from 6pm-8pm.

The Atomic Testing Museum, the Black Mountain Institute, and the UNLV History Department proudly present Dr. Martin Sherwin, Dr. Ruth Sime, and Dr. Mary Palevsky as they discuss "From Splitting the Atom to the Cuban Missile Crisis: Writing the 1st Quarter-Century of the Nuclear Age." UNLV History Professor, Dr. Andy Fry, will moderate the panel discussion. The panelists combined research and knowledge of the development of the nuclear age ensures that the conversation will be both informative and thought-provoking.

Dr. Martin Sherwin is a University Professor of History at George Mason University and professor emeritus of English and American History at Tufts University where he taught from 1980-2007. He is the author of, A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and its Legacies. In 2006, he and shared the Pulitzer Prize in biography with Kai Bird for, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Marty is currently a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center where his project is: "Gambling with Armageddon: The Military, The Hawks and the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1945-1962".

Dr. Ruth Lewin Sime is a physical chemist who recently retired from teaching at Sacramento City College in California after 32 years. She is the author of the award-winning biography of the co-discoverer of nuclear fission, Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics (1996), which has been translated into German, Chinese and Japanese. Ruth has contributed to several documentary films about Meitner. In 2008 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her current project, a biographical study of Lise Meitner’s colleague, Otto Hahn during and after the National Socialist period. Hahn was awarded the 1944 Nobel Prize in chemistry for the discovery of fission.

Dr. Mary Palevsky is a visiting scholar in UNLV's Dept. of History. From 2003-2008 she directed the Nevada Test Site Oral History Project at UNLV. She is the author of Atomic Fragments: A Daughter's Questions, which examines the moral legacy of the atomic bomb in the lives of its creators. She was the 2008-2009 Black Mountain Institute-Kluge Fellow in Partnership with the Library of Congress. She is currently writing a book based on the Nevada Test Site oral histories.

Admission is $5 per person and free for museum members.

Atomic Testing Museum is located at 755 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89119.
For more information contact Dawn Barlow, Director of Communications and Development - (702)794-5147 or dawn.barlow@ntshf.org. www.atomictestingmuseum.org

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