Exploring ‘plutopias’ at the annual Melville-Nelles-Hoffmann Lecture

YFile Article: October 25th, 2018

A talk drawing from the extraordinary stories of the American- and Soviet-created “plutopias” will be the focus of the annual Melville-Nelles-Hoffmann Lecture in Environmental History on Monday, Oct. 29.

Presented by York University’s Department of History, the lecture “Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters” takes place at 3 p.m. in the Schulich Private Dining Room.

Kate Brown

Kate Brown

This year’s lecture will be delivered by Professor Kate Brown from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Brown is the author of Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (Oxford, 2013), which won seven prizes, including the Dunning and Beveridge prizes from the American Historical Association. Brown’s A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland (Harvard, 2004) was awarded the American Historical Association’s George Louis Beer Prize for the Best Book in International European History. Brown’s most recent book, Dispatches from Dystopia: History of Places Not Yet Forgotten, was published in 2015. She will publish A Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future with Norton in 2019.

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