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“Madam Secretary:” Nuclear War and National TV

April 10, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Scene from "Night Watch"

Can television help engage and educate the public and raise awareness of profound political and social issues?

Alex MaggioAlexander Maggio, writer/producer and political advisor for the CBS TV hit political drama series “Madam Secretary,” will show the episode “Night Watch,” a dramatization of a false alarm nuclear attack on the US, and will talk about the use of TV as a vehicle to raise awareness of political and social issues.

Elaine ScarryElaine Scarry, professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University and author of Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom, and member of Massachusetts Peace Action’s Nuclear Disarmament Working Group, will speak on the real world politics behind the issues raised in “Night Watch”. 

Téa Leoni as Madam SecretaryNight Watch” depicts a nuclear crisis which almost results in nuclear war, and subsequent US-Russian diplomacy resulting in an arms control treaty.   The danger of accidental nuclear war from the U.S. and Russia’s thousands of nuclear weapons, which are on hair trigger alert and can be launched by a single individual, the U.S. President, is real and has almost happened several times.

The event is free but pre-registration is recommended.   Doors open at 6:30; pre-registered guests will be admitted first.   Click here to pre-register.

The concluding episode of Madam Secretary’s Season 4, “Night Watch” aired on May 20, 2018.  View a sneak peek of “Night Watch” or, if you are a CBS subscriber, watch the full episode.

Sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action and the Cambridge Public Library.   Alexander Maggio will also speak on “Night Watch” at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill on April 10 at 11am, and at MIT’s Starr Forum on April 11 at 4:30 pm.




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