Tracking Godzilla: Images of Nuclear Radiation in Film and Media

Starts:Sunday, May 19, 2013  2:00 PMEnds:Sunday, May 19, 2013  3:00 PM



Newport Public Library

35 NW. Nye St

Newport, OR 97365

Event Description:

Godzilla’s emergence from the sea to destroy Tokyo was a potent figure of nuclear annihilation in 1956 when the film appeared on American screens. The film was directly linked to the controversial aboveground hydrogen bomb testing in the Pacific Ocean at the time. How is the threat of nuclear radiation being presented today through films and other media?

This is the focus of Tracking Godzilla: Images of Nuclear Radiation in Film and Media, a free conversation with independent cinema studies scholar Isabelle Freda.


Freda is an independent scholar who has taught at numerous universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad. She received her Ph.D. in cinema studies from New York University, and her research and publications include studies of the modern American presidency, German-American relations, 9/11, the imagination of disaster, the Cold War and nuclear national security state, the presidential campaign film, eco-politics, and film.


This program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities with additional help from the Sylvia Beach Hotel.

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