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Remembering 1942: A discussion with Young-Kee Kim
November 27–December 1, 2017

The nuclear age has shifted our understanding of the relationship between science and society, while leaving an indelible imprint on our cultural imagination. The University of Chicago played a key role in this scientific and cultural shift, as both a site of the Manhattan Project and the birthplace of the watchdog publication the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, with its iconic Doomsday Clock warning of Armageddon. Join an engaging discussion with Young-Kee Kim, Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor and chair of the Department of Physics, about the moral responsibility of scientists, the role of science in societal change, and the interplay between science and art.

Behind the Scenes: Premiere performance of The Curve Is Exponential
November 28–December 7, 2017

On December 2, a new musical work will be premiered at Rockefeller Chapel by composers Joey Brink and Department of Music graduate student Ted Moore. Commissioned for the 75th anniversary of the experiment that produced the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear reaction, The Curve Is Exponential incorporates carillon and electronic elements. In the days leading up to the performance, join us online to hear from the composers and take a virtual tour of the carillon bell tower. Following the event, we will release an exclusive recording of the performance on AlumniU.

Learning Quest: The Doomsday Clock
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The Doomsday Clock was introduced by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947, when it was first set at seven minutes to midnight. In 2017 it crept to 2.5 minutes to midnight. How did we end up here, and what role has the iconography of the clock played in the imagination of the nuclear age? In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the Doomsday Clock, AlumniU is featuring a self-paced quest for alumni that highlights significant moments in the clock’s history, the strong ties between the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the University, and other exclusive content, including archival video footage relating to this cultural icon.

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