Atomic Waste(s)

An investigation of the ethical, political, and literal filth of living in the atomic age, this evening examines the legacy of the bomb and the atomic age in general—featuring lectures on radiation and discrimination in Hiroshima and Fukushima; how Italy’s literary and artistic landscape has changed due to the atomic age; and the storage of atomic waste on sacred Native American Indian lands—complete with live Butoh dance as well as an interactive “atomic” gallery where audience members can learn about the history of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, view artifacts from the U.S military personnel involved with the dropping of the bombs in Japan, learn about the science and the ethics of “splitting the atom,” investigate atomic scales, and use a working Geiger counter to test the radiation levels of several items on display. 

Yuki Miyamoto Associate Professor of Religious Studies, DePaul University; DHC Fellow working on “Translating Filth: Disease, Discrimination, and Drama in the Atomic Age”

Maria Anna Mariani Assistant Professor of Modern Italian Literature, University of Chicago; DHC Visiting Fellow working on “Italy and the Bomb”

Oguri Dancer and choreographer from Japan currently residing in Los Angeles where he co-founded Body Weather Laboratory; influenced by, and continues to be an influence within the world of, Butoh dance


Monday, September 16, 2019 at 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Student Center (Lincoln Park), Suite 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave

Event Type

Performances, Speaker/Presenters


Centers and Institutes, DePaul Humanities Center








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Edward Kraynak left a positive review 9/15/2019

I enjoyed it and I look forward to attending more Humanity and other presentations. It’s a great way to learn and experience varied topics. Thanks. -Ed

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