Thursday, January 30, 2014

Film Screening of Fail-Safe Tonight!

We're back from the snow day and happy to announce that our Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow Film Series kicks off tonight at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries!

Join us in the auditorium (Room 271) at 7:00PM for a screening of Fail-Safe (1964), introduced by Dr. Christopher Sieving (Department of Theatre and Film Studies). We'll have atomic age refreshments during a brief intermission. Doors open for the event at 6:30. For more information call (706) 542-5788 or email

More About The Film…
Fail-Safe (1964): American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it’s a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted? Starring Walter Matthau and Henry Fonda. (Run Time: 112 minutes)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tonight's Panel Discussion Postponed

Due to inclement weather, the University of Georgia campus is closed today, Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

Tonight's scheduled panel discussion, Nuclear Anxiety and Civil Defense in Popular Culture, has been postponed. This event will now take place on Thursday, February 13th from 5:30-7:00PM in the auditorium of the Special Collections Building. A description of the event is displayed below. If you have have any questions please email or call (706) 542-5788. Russell Library staff will be back in the office tomorrow to respond to your questions. 

Please mark your calendars with this new date and we hope to see you on February 13th!

Wednesday, February 13, 2014, 5:30-7:00PM
Panel Discussion, Nuclear Anxiety and Civil Defense in Popular Culture
Location: Auditorium (Room 271)
Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries

Description: This event will feature a panel discussion focused on the cultural impact of the atomic bomb addressing how films, fashion, and comics of the time period were inspired and shaped by both the technology and anxiety of the nuclear age. Featured speakers will include: Kirk Willis, (Department of History); Christopher Pizzino (Department of English); José Blanco F. (Historic Clothing and Textiles Collection, College of Family and Consumer Sciences); and Christopher Sieving, (Department of Theatre & Film Studies). Light refreshments will be served following the discussion. 

Friday, January 03, 2014

Exhibit on the Atomic Age Opens Jan. 28th @ Russell Library

 Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb Opens January 28, 2014 at The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
On August 6, 1945, a specially-equipped American B-29 Superfortress dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. On August 9, another atomic bomb fell on Nagasaki. For most Americans, the immediate reaction to the atomic bomb was relief: it had ended the war. But as the United States celebrated, it also braced itself for the uncertain future of the Atomic Age. For the next two decades, the looming threat of Atomic war dominated American society.

Traveling exhibition Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965, which opens January 28th  at The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, explores the ways in which Americans experienced the Atomic threat as part of their daily lives—at school, in the home, and even at play. The show features more than 75 original objects from the era, as well as large-scale graphics, radio broadcasts, and film. Visitors will experience how Americans were flooded with messaging through images and media that depicted the dangers of atomic energy. Although the threat of Atomic annihilation eventually drifted to the background of American consciousness in the late 1960s, the Atomic Age left a legacy of governmental response and civic infrastructure that remains relevant today.

Inspired by the exhibit, the Russell Library will host a series of eleven public programs during the spring semester, in collaboration with partners across the UGA campus, that spotlight some of the most significant events of the time period and invite attendees to reflect on life in America during the Atomic Age. Programs will include panel discussions, film screenings, community forum and storytelling events, and a day of oral history. More information on the program series is available on the Russell Library website at

The Russell Library Gallery is located inside the Russell Building for Special Collections Libraries; the exhibit is free and open to the public. The gallery is open from 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday and from 1:00-5:00pm on Saturdays. Guided tours of the gallery are available on Tuesday afternoons from 2:00-3:00pm; meet in the 2nd floor rotunda. For more information on the exhibit or program series email or call (706) 542-5788. 

 Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow is curated by Michael Scheibach, an independent collector in Independence, MO, and Leslie Przybylek, Curator of Humanities Exhibitions at Mid-America Arts Alliance. The exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small- and mid-sized communities every year. Mid-America is the oldest nonprofit regional arts organization in the United States. More information is available at and

Thank you to our sponsors...
The display of this exhibit at The Russell Library is supported in part by the President’s Venture Fund through the generous gifts of the University of Georgia Partners and other donors, and by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.

The program series was made possible by contributions from several UGA campus partners including The Center for International Trade and Security, The School of Public and International Affairs, the Department of History, the Department of English, and Film Studies