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
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.
DATE: Thursday, 07/05/2012
START TIME: 10:30 AM
END TIME: 11:45 AM