Thursday, February 27, 2014

More Great Programs Coming Up Next Week

As our Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow Program Series comes to a close, we'll be hosting four great events next week at the Russell Library. We hope you'll join us at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries to take in a few of the offerings! Have questions? Call 706-542-5788 or email

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 7:00-9:00PM
Storytellers & Scholars: Life in the Atomic Age
Location: Large Event Space (Room 285), Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries

Inspired by the storytelling format of the popular radio show This American Life and co-sponsored by the Georgia Museum of Art, the Russell Library will host an event showcasing selected scholars, community members, and archival footage. The chosen theme: Life in the Atomic Age. Featured scholars will include Shane Hamilton (Departmet of History), Janice Simon (Department of Art History), Mark Reinberger (College of Environment and Design), and Callie Holmes (Oral History and Media Archivist, Russell Library). Light refreshments will be served during the event.

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 5:30-7:00PM
Panel Discussion, Nuclear Threats Then & Now
Location: Auditorium (Room 271), Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries

This event will feature a panel discussion focused on American attitudes toward nuclear culture in the wake of 1945 atomic bomb blasts and draw comparisons/contrasts to the current state of nuclear threats worldwide. How did the US government attempt to calm, warn, and protect citizens then? How do they approach these goals today? Light refreshments will be served. Featured speakers will include: Jeffrey Berejikian (School of Public and International Affairs); Loch Johnson (School for Public and International Affairs); Igor Khripunov (Center for International Trade and Security); General Pan Zhenqiang.

Thursday March 6, 2014, 7:00-9:00PM
Film Screening, Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Location: Auditorium (Room 271), Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries

This film series will explore cultural manifestations of nuclear anxiety and the Cold War politics of the time period. Each film in the series is curated and introduced by Dr. Christopher Sieving (UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies). Light refreshments provided during intermission; doors open at 6:30PM.

More About The Film…
Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964): An insane general starts a process leading to certain nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. Directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Peter Sellers. (Run Tim: 95 minutes)

Friday, March 7, 2014, 9:00AM-4:00PM
First Person Project Interview Day
Meet in Room 268, Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries

This March the First Person Project, an oral history series documenting the experiences of everyday Georgians, invites participants to tackle the topic of security.

Inspired by the Russell Library’s ongoing exhibition, Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965, the First Person Project hopes to capture stories that get to the heart of what security means to you. What makes you feel safe and secure as an individual, member of a family or community, or as a citizen living in the 21st century? Exploring the other side of the coin, what stories from childhood or adulthood best describe your fears – how you have confronted them, how they might have shaped you. How do these stories of security and fear intertwine?

Six sets of partners will be accepted for this First Person Project session, scheduled for Friday, March 7th between 9:00am and 4:00pm. Each audio recording session takes one hour to complete. Photographs will also be taken for each session. The Russell Library will archive the interviews to add to its documentation of life in post 20th century Georgia and will provide participants with a free digital download of the recording and photographs. A $10 donation is suggested for each participant pair.

For more information, or to reserve an interview slot, call (706) 542-5788 or email

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