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Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe

June 20, 2018 @ 11:00 am

On the morning of April 26, 1986, the world witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. In his new book, Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe, Serhii Plokhii draws on new sources to lay bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry, tracing the disaster to the authoritarian character of Communist party rule, the regime’s control of scientific information, and its emphasis on economic development over all else. Today, the risk of another Chernobyl, claims Plokhii, looms in the mismanagement of nuclear power in the developing world.Speaker: **Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and Director of the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University Moderator:  **William Pomeranz, Deputy Director, Kennan Institute WHEN:  Wednesday, June 20  … 11:00 am – 12:00 pm WHERE: Woodrow Wilson Center – 6th Floor Auditorium Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004> FOR MORE INFORMATION: To RSVP: http://pages.wilsoncenter.org/20180620-PlokhiiBookTalk_Registration.html https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/book-talk-chernobyl-the-history-nuclear-catastrophe


June 20, 2018
11:00 am