Interview on the Cuban Missile Crisis

October 2012 is the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. I recently did “A minute with . . .” interview with Illinois media regarding the anniversary  It was a good opportunity to condense some thoughts I’ve had about nuclear deterrence (kudos here to Ledbow and Stein’s We All Lost the Cold War). Here’s the interview. It’s short: 

Center for Advanced Study Award

Kevin Hamilton and I recently were together awarded Center for Advanced Study positions for 2012-13 as an Associate and Fellow respectively. Our proposed joint project, “The Bomb Studio: Science, America, and Hollywood in the Films of the Air Force’s Lookout Mountain Laboratory,” examines a historic set of motion pictures produced by a Hollywood-based United States Air […]

The New Republic Review

Spirits of the Cold War got both pegged and plugged in a review in The New Republic by the New York Times’s Barry Gewen. Here’s the review: Isms Gewen’s reading of my book is curious, if not unexpected. He’s most critical of the “German” influences on its theory and method (e.g. Herder, Weber, Gadamer), which […]

NEH Digital Humanties Grant!

Kevin Hamilton (from Art & Design/ Media) and I have recently learned that we’ve received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant) for our project entitled, “Re-Framing the Online Video Archive: A Prototype Interface for Americas Nuclear Test Films.” Needless to say, we are excited . . […]

Atomic Light in the Public Light

Kevin Hamilton and I were awarded IPRH funding for  an “Atomic Light in the Public Light” series, which got underway in 2010 here at the University of Illinois. Events include: “The Mushroom Cloud in the Cinematic Imagination” (a round-table of esteemed faculty here at the U of I), “Hollywood’s Secret Film Studio” (a presentation by […]

IPRH Award!

Kevin Hamilton, Colin Flint, and I recently were awarded an Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Announces Collaborative Research Project Awards for 2010-11 for our project “Atomic Light in the Public Light: Viewing America’s Nuclear Test Films” This event – a series of screenings with guests speakers – will highlight the growing archive of […]