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Atomic Voices: Beyond the Nuclear Canon, Teaching the Bomb in the 21st Century
Over the past several decades, the nuclear field has developed a classical canon of seemingly sacred texts. These works are likely to be assigned in university-level courses on nuclear policy across the United States and the globe. Over the past few years, however, the nuclear field – just as affected by hierarchies and injustices as other social milieus – has been shaken by calls to critically rethink the global nuclear predicament and engage with more diverse voices and perspectives. This must involve interrogating the transmitter of nuclear knowledge: the academic syllabus. It is imperative to revisit how nuclear courses are taught, what questions are raised, and what texts are assigned. Accordingly, MTA brings together a group of exceptional scholars and long-time teachers of nuclear history and politics to discuss challenges, discoveries, frustrations, and the importance of teaching the bomb in the 21st century.

Moderator: Mariana Budjeryn, MTA Belfer


Anne Harrington, Cardiff University, Highly NRiched

Rebecca Davis Gibbons, University of Southern Maine

David Holloway, Stanford University

Karthika Sasikumar, San Jose State University


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