Event Title

The Search for Humanity in the Birth of the Nuclear Age

Presenter Information

Eugene Ryang, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Davis 307

Start Date

30-4-2015 2:30 PM

End Date

30-4-2015 3:55 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

With the growing development of nuclear power and nuclear arms in the early days of the Cold War, people around the world struggled to unravel the complexities of the nuclear question. As with previously developed technologies, humanity sought to discover the full potential of nuclear fission. Many perceived nuclear energy as the guarantor of World War III and Mutually Assured Destruction. Others saw its potential value to transform the world of energy and its subsequent uses in the domestic sphere. Still others understood nuclear power as the only path towards world supremacy. In the manga and anime of Astro Boy, the audience is able to conceptualize the influence the nuclear question in early 1950s society as well as understand the creator's, Osamu Tezuka, vision for humanity's relationship with nuclear energy.

Faculty Sponsor

Tamae Prindle

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. East Asian Studies Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Humanities

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

948

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Apr 30th, 2:30 PM Apr 30th, 3:55 PM

The Search for Humanity in the Birth of the Nuclear Age

Davis 307

With the growing development of nuclear power and nuclear arms in the early days of the Cold War, people around the world struggled to unravel the complexities of the nuclear question. As with previously developed technologies, humanity sought to discover the full potential of nuclear fission. Many perceived nuclear energy as the guarantor of World War III and Mutually Assured Destruction. Others saw its potential value to transform the world of energy and its subsequent uses in the domestic sphere. Still others understood nuclear power as the only path towards world supremacy. In the manga and anime of Astro Boy, the audience is able to conceptualize the influence the nuclear question in early 1950s society as well as understand the creator's, Osamu Tezuka, vision for humanity's relationship with nuclear energy.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/241