Atomic Energy and the Arrogance of Man: Revisiting the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Harvard Yard, Sever Hall, Room 113

On the morning of April 26, 1986, the world witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. In his new book, Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe, Serhii Plokhii draws on new sources to lay bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry, tracing the disaster to the authoritarian character of Communist party rule, the regime's control of scientific information, and its emphasis on economic development over all else. Today, the risk of another Chernobyl, claims Plokhii, looms in the mismanagement of nuclear power in the developing world.


Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History / Director of the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, Davis Center

Co-sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and the Center for the Environment, Harvard University.

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