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Imagining Armageddon

What does the end of the world look like? With North Korea testing advanced nuclear weapons and the established nuclear powers racing to modernize their arsenals, the consequences of using nuclear weapons have rekindled the public imagination regarding the end of the world. This multi-disciplinary panel will explore the aesthetics, politics, and physics of the global catastrophic risk posed by nuclear war.

Panelists include Alexander H. Montgomery, associate professor of political science at Reed College; Camille Palmer, associate professor in the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering at Oregon State University; and architectural designer Lotus Grenier '06.

Alexander H. Montgomery is associate professor of political science at Reed College. He has been a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Nuclear Security with a placement in the Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Countering WMD, a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center at the Kennedy School of Government, and a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University. He has a B.A. in physics from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in sociology and a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University.

Camille Palmer is an associate professor in the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering at Oregon State University. Prior to academics, she was a staff member in the Thermonuclear Applications and Foreign and Improvised Nuclear Design groups at Los Alamos National Lab. She has also supported the nuclear survivability of the Minuteman III delivery systems as an engineer with Northrop Grumman Corporation. Dr. Palmer holds a Ph.D. in nuclear and radiological engineering from the University of Cincinnati. 

Lotus Grenier '06 is (almost) an architect, working in Bozeman, Montana. Drawing from her background as a sculptor, carpenter, and contractor, her approach to architecture is both artistic and practical, with deep roots to place. Grenier received her BA in art from Reed College, where her thesis explored material accumulation and memory, and her M. Arch from UC Berkeley, where she developed her thesis on the architecture of insecurity.

Co-sponsored by the Ducey Fund in Political Science and the Cooley Gray Art Department Fund. Free and open to the public.

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Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Psychology, 105
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202, USA

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Faculty, Students, Alumni, Open to the Public


Art, Political Science



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