Down East 2013 ©
Kate Brown, an award-winning historian at the University of Maryland, discusses "plutonium cities" in the U.S. and Soviet Union.
Titled "Plutopolis: How Secrecy, Security and Radiation Made Model Communities and Model Citizens in the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.," Brown's talk is sponsored by the politics department and the Mellon Innovation Fund.
Brown is the author of the book "A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland" (Harvard University Press, 2005). Her presentation at Bates will compare the communities surrounding early plutonium plants, in Hanford, Wash., and Maiak, Russia.