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Each semester, as part of Bucknell University’s Film/Media Studies
Series, the Environmental Center presents four films with topics that
are broadly connected to the environment at the Campus Theatre in
downtown Lewisburg. Admission is $2 per person, and Campus Dollars are
accepted. This year, CARE (Community Alliance for Respect & Equality) and the CommUnity Zone are co sponsoring the following film.

Tues., Sept. 17, @ 7:30 p.m. — “In My Lifetime: A Presentation of
The Nuclear World Project” (2011) The filmmaker, Robert Frye, will be
on hand for this screening.

Reviewed by Andrew Jenks, California State University, Long Beach

nucPeople often say we live in the “nuclear age,” but what that means is never entirely clear. This documentary captures the spirit, or rather spirits, of that era – from its beginnings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the present. Inspired by the late Cold War, when Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan initiated a process of disarmament in Iceland in 1986, the producer hopes to make viewers believe that eliminating nuclear weapons can happen – despite the growing fatalism and relative inattention to the problem in the post-Cold War era. Indeed, what seemed like a great opportunity for disarmament – the end of the Cold War – ushered in a new era of proliferation (North Korea and Pakistan). And even as the real threat had arguably grown, the perception of that threat since the Cold War’s end paradoxically diminished. My own in-class surveys bear this out: I begin most of my classes by asking students how many fear the possibility of nuclear annihilation. In contrast to my own student experience in the early 1980s, when most of us periodically imagined the terrifying prospect of the mushroom cloud, few hands go up.

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