Religious Studies


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February 12, 2020 5:30 PM–7:30 PM

Join us for a screening of Peter Galison’s and Robb Moss’ incredible documentary, Containment (2015), a sci-fi/graphic-novel/philosophical exploration of how to warn human beings 10000 years into the future of the dangers of today’s toxic nuclear waste. Check out the trailer, here (event flyer below).

We will be joined by director, Peter Galison, Harvard University Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics for a Q&A following the screening. Food and refreshments will be served. Wednesday, Feb. 12th in Karp 105, 5:30pm.


Directed by Peter Galison and Robb Moss


CAN WE CONTAIN SOME OF THE DEADLIEST, MOST LONG-LASTING SUBSTANCES EVER PRODUCED? Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering vast radioactive lands. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create monuments that will speak across the time. Part observational essay filmed in weapons plants, Fukushima and deep underground — and part graphic novel — Containment weaves between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled far future, exploring the idea that over millennia, nothing stays put.

Guest Speaker:

Peter Galison is a Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at Harvard University. Galison’s previous film on the moral-political debates over the H-bomb, Ultimate Weapon: The H-bomb Dilemma (with Pamela Hogan, 2002) has been shown frequently on the History Channel and is widely used in academic courses. In 1997, he was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship; won a 1998 Pfizer Award for Image and Logic as the best book that year in the History of Science; and in 1999 received the Max Planck and Humboldt Stiftung Prize. His books include How Experiments End (1987), Einstein’s Clocks, Poincaré’s Maps (2003), and Objectivity (with L. Daston, 2007) and he has worked extensively with de-classified material in his studies of physics in the Cold War. Galison’s work also features artistic collaborations, including partnering with South African artist William Kentridge on a multi-screen installation, “The Refusal of Time.”


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