Being Nuclear: A Conversation with Gabrielle Hecht and Elizabeth Roberts

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bookcover of Being Nuclear, by Gabrielle Hecht

Event Information

Date & Time
January 15, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
Location Information
Series
The Author's Forum
Event Type
Discussion

Gabrielle Hecht, U-M professor of history, and Elizabeth Roberts, U-M associate professor of anthropology, discuss Hecht's latest book, Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade.

Uranium from Africa has long been a major source of fuel for nuclear power and atomic weapons, including the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. In 2002, George W. Bush claimed that Saddam Hussein had “sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa” (later specified as the infamous “yellowcake from Niger”). Africa suddenly became notorious as a source of uranium, a component of nuclear weapons. But did that admit Niger, or any of Africa’s other uranium-producing countries, to the select society of nuclear states? Does uranium itself count as a nuclear thing? In the book, Hecht probes the question of what it means for something--a state, an object, an industry, a workplace--to be “nuclear.”

The Author's Forum is a collaboration between the U-M Institute for the Humanities, University Library, Great Lakes Literary Arts Center, & Ann Arbor Book Festival.

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Jamie Lausch Vander Broek jlausch@umich.edu
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