August 14 – Rotary Club of Minden program includes local Author- Michon Mackedon

Michon Mackedon is scheduled to speak on August 14, 2012 at Rotary Club of Minden, Nevada meeting.  Michon is the Author of Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert (2010).Courtesy of the U.S. Department of EnergyThe Minden Rotary Club meets Tuesdays at 12:00 PM, at the Carson Valley Inn – 1627 Hwy 395 N. – Minden, Nevada.Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert is a crucial linchpin in Atomic Revival studies. Michon Mackedon recounts Nevada’s relationship with the nuclear industry and a host of players including the Atomic Energy Commission, the Department of Energy, scientists, military men, and journalists. With “an awareness born of deceit” shared by other Nevadans, Mackedon considers the manipulated language and imagery doled out by the atomic industry to make the unsafe appear safe and the unthinkable, thinkable. This second book published by Black Rock Institute Press is an environmentally charged survey of nuclear culture in the “Silver State.” Augmented with “Atomic Pop” images of the nuclear era, this book is an ironic, dead-serious, no-holds barred post-mortem that lights up Nevada’s nuclear industry.

July 5th – Mackedon to present at Mensa Annual Gathering

Mensa 2012 Annual Gathering in Reno, Nevada

PROGRAM NAME: Nuclear Propaganda in the American West

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Drawing on research undertaken while writing Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert, Mackedon will explore ways in which Orwellian imagery has been implemented by nuclear agencies and industries to marginalize populations living in the shadow of nuclear projects and to disguise the dangers of atomic testing and permanent high level nuclear waste disposal in the American West. The talk will be accompanied by slides of atomic testing and include descriptions of instances where specific propaganda tropes were and still are used to mollify or intimidate affected populations.

SPEAKER NAME(S): Michon Mackedon

SPEAKER BIO:

MICHON MACKEDON: Michon Mackedon is professor emerita, English and humanities, Western Nevada College. For 22 years, she served as vice chairman of the Nevada Commission on Nuclear Projects. Her recently published book, Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert (Reno: Black Rock Institute Press, 2010) has won multiple awards, including the Foreword Review Book of the Year in Regional Non-fiction. Mackedon and her husband, Michael, live in Fallon, Nevada, where they raised their four children.

Scheduled for:

DATE: Thursday, 07/05/2012

START TIME: 10:30 AM

END TIME: 11:45 AM