Monday, November 10, 2008

Dr. Peter Kuznick Speaks at Peru State College

On Monday, 10 November, Dr. Peter Kuznick gave two information-packed, hour-long presentations in the college's Academic Resource Center.

Titled "The Kennedy Assassination: History's Greatest Turning Point?," his talk argued that at the time of his tragic death in Dallas, President John F. Kennedy planned to turn our country in
new and challenging directions.

These new initiatives included the end of the Cold War, the Space Race, and our involvement in Vietnam.

Phi Alpha Theta and The Durham Museum sponsored Dr.
Kuznick's visit. Enjoy a short slide show of today's event.

Kuznick, a noted historian of the Cold War who has written extensively, among other things, on the bombing of Hiroshima, is an Associate Professor of History at American University. He serves as the Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute and is the author of Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists As Political Activists in 1930s America (1987) and co editor of Rethinking Cold War Culture (2001).

At this site, you can listen to an interview in which Peter
Kuznick speaks on the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. And here you will find more information about Kuznick's work in connection with the Nuclear Studies Institute.

You might also find interesting, a Barry Student video of Dr. Kuznick's speech at American University last year about the Iraq War. At this site, you can download Dr. Kuznick's talk and those of other scholars presented at the Whistleblower Conference at American University on September 18, 2007.

A quick look on the Internet reveals multiple links that involve Dr. Kuznick's work. You might find interesting, for example, the following two articles by Peter Kuznick published in The Asia Pacific Journal located here: "Defending the Indefensible: A Mediation on the Live of Hiroshima Pilot Paul Tibbets, Jr." and "The Decision to Risk the Future: Harry Truman, the Atomic Bomb and the Apocalyptic Narrative

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