Initiative 2013 - 2014: Human Survival in a New Nuclear Age


The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of March 2011 in Japan has once again ignited the debates about the health effects of radiation and the global development of the nuclear power industry. The disaster has reminded us that no other event in human history has made as large an impact as the splitting of the atom. From Cold War weapons research and testing that led to radioactive waste, environmental pollution, and displaced and sickened populations, to the peaceful uses of radioactive materials—medicine and nuclear power—the debates that began in the first half of the 20th century continue today.

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4th Nuclear History Boot Camp

Allumiere, Italy ~ Ten Day Immersion ~ Mid-May 2014.

Aimed at building a new generation of experts on the international history of nuclear weapons, the Fourth-Annual Nuclear History Boot Camp is an initiative of the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP). Application Deadline is Tuesday, December 31, 2013.

Thematic seminars led by world-class historians and leading experts will:
• fully immerse participants in the world of nuclear history research,
• explore the international history behind today's nuclear challenges,
• foster discussions of the presentations that each participant will offer based on his/her current research.

NPIHP is a global network of individuals and institutions engaged in the study of international nuclear history through archival documents, oral history interviews and other empirical sources. Recognizing that today's toughest nuclear challenges have deep roots in the past, NPIHP seeks to transcend the East vs. West paradigm to assemble an integrated international history of nuclear proliferation. NPIHP's research aims to fill in the blank and blurry pages of nuclear history in order to contribute to robust scholarship and effective policy decisions.

For more information: Click here to download the Nuclear History Boot Camp Flyer

Bhopali Documentary Screening

November 4, 2013 ~ 6:30 PM ~ Hale 270, University of Colorado Boulder

BHOPALI is a feature length documentary about the world's worst industrial disaster, the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal, India. Thousands were killed and up to 500,000 were affected by the contaminants. 26 years have passed since the disaster yet the suffering continues and for the victims, justice has yet to be seen. For the Bhopal people, the disaster has been unending. There are more than 100,000 people still chronically ill. In fact, children today born to gas-affected people are besieged with birth defects and growth disorders. Additionally, for the last 15 years 30,000 people living in the region with no other choice have had to drink contaminated water.

Award-winning director Van Maximilian Carlson presents a modern portrait of shattered lives in the community surrounding the abandoned Union Carbide factory. The focus is on survivors of the disaster and their families as they continue life among the indelible remainders of contamination and death. Set against a backdrop of high stakes activism, global politics and human rights advocacy, this film explores the ongoing struggle for justice against Union Carbide. The demands for justice from the corporation are articulated in BHOPALI via interviews, quintessential scenes of activism and commemorative events spanning the 25th anniversary. The film features Noam Chomsky, Satinath Sarangi and attorney Rajan Sharma.