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Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 5:00pm
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Room 113, Sever Hall, 25 Harvard Yard, Cambridge

Atomic Energy & Arrogance of Man: Revisiting Chernobyl Disaster

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.

Co-sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and the Harvard University Center for the Environment.

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