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Atomic Bamboozle: Screening and Discussion

Thu April 13, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Atomic Bamboozle

“We have to throw all of our tools at the problem,” nuclear advocates proclaim. Having made a two-part film, documentarian Jan Haaken has heard recent proponents of nuclear power employ the phrase “like a mantra” when discussing the fight against climate change. Having made a two-part film about that planetary emergency (Necessity), Haaken understands the fight. But not every tool is worth reaching for, posits her new documentary, Atomic Bamboozle.

Interviewing physicists, activists and conservationists, the 46-minute film portrays a nuclear industry rising quickly while downplaying nuclear power’s most crucial and recurring issues—those unresolved and unchanged by small modular reactors (SMRs).

Dr. Jan Haaken is a professor emeritus of psychology at Portland State University and documentary filmmaker. Her films focus on people carrying out work on the social margins and in liminal spaces, from abortion providers (Our Bodies Our Doctors), dairy farmers (Milk Men) and drag queens (Queens of Heart) to military therapists (Mind Zone) and movement lawyers (Necessity: Oil, Water & Climate Resistance and Necessity: Climate Justice & the Thin Green LIne). Her new film focuses on resistance to nuclear power in the form of small modular reactors (Atomic Bamboozle).

Date: Thursday April 13th, 2023
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Location: William James College, Room 336
Dinner will be served. Please RSVP by April 12th using this link.
For more information contact Jill Bloom, jill_bloom@williamjames.edu


Thu April 13, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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William James College
1 Welles Ave
Newton, MA 02459 United States
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