Women’s History Month Keynote Lecture with Kristen Iversen, author of Full Body Burden, Mountain View Room, St. Peter Claver, S.J. Hall 125, at 5:30 p.m.
From 1952 to 1992, the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, located not far from Denver, produced more than 70,000 plutonium pits for nuclear bombs, the heart of every nuclear weapon in America. Local residents and workers at the plant were largely kept in the dark about radioactive contamination of the air, water, and soil, until the Department of Energy finally conceded that Rocky Flats was the most contaminated site in America.
In this lecture, Iversen discusses what Americans didn’t know about bomb development and production during and after the Cold War years, while sharing her personal story of growing up near Rocky Flats, and the ten-year process of researching and writing Full Body Burden.