“Rocky Flats and the Secrets of the Cold War”
Sacramento State ONE BOOK PROGRAM's author's day will feature KRISTEN IVERSEN,
author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats. Full Body Burden is Iversen’s story of growing up in Arvada, Colorado near the Rocky Flats nuclear weaponry facility, which produced more than 70,000 plutonium pits for nuclear bombs between 1952 and 1992. Local residents and plant workers were largely kept in the dark about radioactive contamination of the air, water and soil. Eventually the Department of Energy conceded that Rocky Flats was the most contaminated site in America. Iversen will discuss what Americans didn’t know about bomb development and production during and after the Cold War years and the ongoing environmental, historical, and cultural legacy of Rocky Flats and the U.S. nuclear weapons program. She will also discuss her ten-year process of researching and writing Full Body Burden.
A presentation of photographs will be followed by discussion and Q & A. University Union
12 pm Campus lecture and Q&A by the author
1 pm Book signing
All ages permitted. No alcohol sold or permitted at venue.
Day is hosted by Sacramento State’s One Book Program. Co-sponsored with
Sacramento State University, Hornet
Bookstore, UNIQUE Programs, University Enterprises, Inc., and the Chien Hu Institute/Department of Physics.