Social Sciences Forum
Wednesday, November 6 | 4:00 p.m.
“Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters,” Kate Brown, Professor of History, UMBC
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
This Social Sciences Forum is o-sponsored with the Department of History and the Friends of the Albin O. Kuhn Library.
UMBC Department of History Professor, Kate Brown will speak on the great plutonium disasters of the United States and the Soviet Union, drawing on official records and dozens of interviews to tell the extraordinary stories of Richland, Washington and Ozersk, Russia-the first two cities in the world to produce plutonium. To contain secrets, American and Soviet leaders created plutopias–communities of nuclear families living in highly-subsidized, limited-access atomic cities. Plutopia was successful because in its zoned-off isolation it appeared to deliver the promises of the American dream and Soviet communism; in reality, it concealed disasters that remain highly unstable and threatening today.
Open Year Round: