“The Traveling Atomic Exhibition in Cold War Italy” – guest lecture by Dr. Donatella Germanese
The second guest lecture in our STGS Colloquium series will be held by Dr. Donatella Germanese (Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin) on Thursday, February 24, at 18:00 CET:
The Traveling Atomic Exhibition in Cold War Italy
The mobile atomic exhibition of the United States Information Service was launched in Italy in June 1954 and traveled around the world in special trailers that also served as showrooms. The exhibition aimed to popularize nuclear science and its non-military applications, showing many objects, informative panels, and short film screenings. In her talk, Donatella Germanese will explain the political context that let the US opt for the launch of the atomic exhibition in Italy, its organization at international, national, and local levels, and the public response as reported in the press. Despite the Cold War constraints that crystallized in the preparation of the exhibition, they were blanked out in the utopian, egalitarian vision of the atom presented.
We invite everyone interested to join us via Zoom – please register here.