History Department to host nuclear war lectures
Atomic bomb cloud over Nagasaki, Japan in 1945. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
What: Nuclear War on the Korean Peninsula: Historical Perspectives on a Possible Future
Who: The University of Alabama History Department is hosting the free event for all who are interested.
When: Friday, Feb. 9, 4-6 p.m.
Where: 125 Ten Hoor Hall
Why: The Nuclear War on the Korean Peninsula: Historical Perspectives on a Possible Future event aims to provide historical background on nuclear war while also focusing on the Korean peninsula. It also aims to prepare students, via lecture and answering questions, for the effects of a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula.
“The goal is to provide all members of the UA community with some historical background on nuclear war and the possibility that the Korean peninsula will be the next flash point where that horror might again occur,” said Harold Selesky, associate professor of history.
This event will inform all in attendance of the effects of a nuclear war by providing a background on the current nuclear situation. Three historians, Howard Jones, Di Luo and Harold Selesky, will speak for approximately 20 minutes each and field any questions from the audience as well.
“I will talk about the history of modern Korea, especially the events leading up to the creation of two Koreas after WWII,” said Di Luo, associate professor of modern Chinese history. “Knowing this period of history will help us understand Korean perceptions of national identity, nationalism and international relations.”