For Iowans, August is a month to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is also the perfect time to consider the current realities of an increasingly costly and dangerous global nuclear arsenal- something about which the world seems blithely unaware. To inspire and to help bring people up to date about the current situation, Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility developed Nuclear Neighborhoods, 11,000 Generations. The exhibit, spread across Johnson County, explores the promises and perils of nuclear weapons and power on the lives of countless neighbors across time and space- including here in Iowa. Each of the six installations is similar in that it uses a combination of art, science and history and expresses the same theme, our nuclear legacy. Nevertheless, each exhibit is very different.
Iowa PSR is kicking off the project with a celebratory opening reception at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1 in meeting room A of the Iowa City Public Library. Some of the artists and contributors will be featured with a brief discussion of the project’s motivational background and goals. The film, “The Ultimate Wish,” will be screened from 7 until 7:40 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
Please plan to join Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility on Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Iowa Public Library, then explore the Nuclear Neighborhoods exhibits at your leisure over August and September. All are welcome.
For more information about the sites, associated lectures and films, go to psriowa.org