Smithsonian Institution Contemporary History Colloquium
Thursday, June 18, 5:30pm
The final session of this year’s Colloquium Series will take place on June
18 in the Director’s Conference Room of the National Air and Space Museum.
The speaker will be:
Professor, Cultural Studies
George Mason University
An End to Nuclear Testing
An end to nuclear testing was the long sought prize of anti-nuclear
activists and arms controllers. After the grassroots campaigns of the 1950s
and 1980s failed to achieve a test ban, U.S. testing finally ended in 1992.
The Test Ban Treaty was signed in 1996. This paper, based on
anthropological fieldwork at the Livermore and Los Alamos Laboratories, as
well as extensive interviews in Washington DC, tracks the strategies of the
coalition that succeeded in ending nuclear testing — a coalition that
encompassed Third World ambassadors, the international antinuclear movement,
arms controllers in the US Congress, dissident nuclear weapons designers,
the JASONs, and a highly unconventional Secretary of Energy. The paper also
explores the changing meaning of testing for weapons designers in the 1990s
and the strange disavowal of success by many activists at the very moment of
their final success.
Information: Allan Needell, 202.633.2412; [email protected]
NON-SMITHSONIAN VISITORS MUST RSVP TO Allan Needell NO LATER THAN 48 HOURS BEFORE THE
COLLOQUIUM. On the day of the COLLOQUIUM, REPORT TO THE South Security Desk
at the 6th and Independence Ave. SW entrance to the Museum for a visitor’s
badge. The security officer will direct you to Elevator #3 and the
Conference Room. Those holding SI ID badges may precede directly to the DCR.