Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Dr. Jon Hunner
Email jhunner@nmsu.edu
Organization New Mexico State University
Title Chair, Dept of History
Phone 575/647-1135
Office Phone 575/646-2490
Address Dept of History
Las Cruces, NM  88003
Biographical Info Jon Hunner is Director of the Public History Program at New Mexico State University.
Program Title A FORK IN THE ROAD: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Cold War
Program Description This presentation explores how J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Los Alamos lab that created the atomic bomb for the Manhattan Project, participated in the post war policy-making which helped direct the nascent nuclear weapons program of the nation. "Oppie" was a key figure in the U.S. nuclear weapons program from 1945 to 1954 as he chaired important governmental committees. He also was a public intellectual who wrote and lectured about the Atomic Age and nuclear science across the country and internationally. In the early 1950s, he was subjected to a security clearance procedure that revoked his top secret clearance and removed his influence from nuclear policy making. His hearing is an interesting event that showed the tenor of the Red Scare of the times, a fascinating example of the contested relationship between science and society in regards to nuclear weapons, public policy, and the Cold War.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures; American Icons; Conversations With the World
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