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Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin: American Prometheus, Spearfish

Black Hills State University
March 15, 2016
Starts at 7:00 pm, ends at 9:00 pm

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Bird and Sherwin speak on their Pulitzer Prize-winning work American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Both are award-winning authors and historians, earning multiple accolades for ‘American Prometheus.’ Oppenheimer was lionized for his work in developing the atomic bomb, but later, when he publicly repudiated that work for moral reasons, he was attacked by both politicians and other scientists.

From the publisher’s description: J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war, and who later found himself confronting the moral consequences of scientific progress. In this magisterial, acclaimed biography 25 years in the making, Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin capture Oppenheimer’s life and times, from his early career to his central role in the Cold War.

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Recital Room, Clare and Josef Meier Hall

Black Hills State University, Yellow Jacket Ln, Spearfish, SD 57799

Sponsored By: Black Hills State University


This event is also part of the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series.


The Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series at BHSU was established in 1986 by a gift endowment from Madeline Young, a 1924 alumna.


The distinguished speaker series was initiated at the University in 1987, with an address by former United Nations Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick. Other Madeline Young Speakers have included: Terry Waite, former hostage, hostage negotiator and envoy for England’s Archbishop of Canterbury; Felix Justice and Danny Glover, actors; Sam Donaldson, television broadcaster; Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winner; Lech Walesa, former Polish president; Annabelle Gurwitch, host of a national reality show that encourages green living; and Alexandra Fuller, author ofThe Legend of Colton H. Bryant.