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William & Myrtle Harris Distinguished Lectureship in Science and Civilization

Friday, February 17, 2023
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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From Fukushima to Hiroshima: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives on Eight Decades of Living with Nuclear Technology
  • Public Event

This panel discussion is occasioned by the publication Living in A Nuclear World: From Fukushima to Hiroshima, authored by the panel participants. The Fukushima disaster invites us to look back and probe how nuclear technology has shaped the world we live in, and how we have come to live with it. Since the Trinity test and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nuclear technology has profoundly affected world history and geopolitics, as well as our daily life and natural world. It has always been an instrument for national security, a marker of national sovereignty, a site of technological innovation and a promise of energy abundance. It has also introduced permanent pollution and the age of the Anthropocene.


  • Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (Emeritus) at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University
  • Soraya Boudia, Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Paris Cité University
  • Kyoko Sato, Associate Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University


  • Joseph E. Shepherd, C. L. "Kelly" Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering at Caltech
For more information, please contact Sini Elvington by phone at 626-395-3243 or by email at [email protected] or visit the event poster.