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      May 9, 2018

      Wednesday   7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

      8564 Greenwood Avenue N.
      Seattle, Washington 98103

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      Humanities Washington's Think & Drink: Back to the Brink -- The New Age of Nuclear War

      Think & Drink events are free and open to the public. Presented by statewide nonprofit Humanities Washington. The bomb, carefully engineered by some of the 20th centurys most brilliant scientists, able to raze cities and civilizations, has always spanned rationality and irrationality, logic and madness. Nicole Hemmer For decades, nuclear war seemed to most of us like a relic. It was a danger confined to black-and-white footage of mushroom clouds and newsreels of children under desks. But the past year has changed everything, and fast. In a recent poll of what Americans fear will put an end to humanity, 35% of Americans feared it would be nuclear warfar more than climate change (15%) and The Rapture (15%). Kim Jong-uns rapid acceleration of North Koreas nuclear program has caused much of this rise, but so has a singularly aggressive US president who is more willing to taunt his enemies. Are the threats we face in 2018 that different from those in decades past? On the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, join us as we explore the social and political history of nuclear war from 1968 to our current moment. What philosophies and tactics governed nuclear war in the mid-20th Century, and how have they changed? What safeguards are in place to prevent nuclear winter? Is it ever moral to strike first? Are we really on the brink, or just better at scaring ourselves? Featuring Scott Montgomery, international studies professor at the University of Washington; and Holly Barker, anthropology professor at the University of Washington. Moderated by KUOWs Ross Reynolds.


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