2013 Doomsday Clock Symposium

By | November 8, 2013

For those that are unable to attend, the Doomsday Clock Symposium will be streaming live on our web site at this location.

                                               Doomsday Clock Symposium
                                                       November 14, 2013

                           American Association for the Advancement of Science
                                                 1200 New York Avenue, NW
                                                     Washington, DC 20005

                                              Communicating Catastrophe

9:00 Welcome and introduction

      Kennette Benedict, Executive Director, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS)
      Alan Leshner, CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science
      Lawrence Krauss, Co-Chair, Board of Sponsors, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS)

9:15 Opening Keynote Address

      Kerry Brougher, Interim Director and Chief Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

      Introduced by Lynn Eden, Co-Chair, Science and Security Board, BAS

10:15 Panel 1:  Representing catastrophe

What is represented and what is not? What are the problems of communicating horror? What is the role of vivid representation? Who constructs images and representations? Who are the audiences?
      Carole Gallagher, author, American Ground Zero
      Isao Hashimoto, artist, Chief Curator, Lalique Museum
      Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, author of Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb

12:00  Luncheon

1:00 Panel 2:  Communicating catastrophe

Who decides what can and should be exhibited or published? Are there aspects of violence and catastrophe that should not be represented, that should be suppressed, or kept from public view?
      Steven Aftergood, Federation of American Scientists
      Gabrielle Hecht, University of Michigan
      Joseph Masco, University of Chicago

2:30 Refreshment break

3:00 Panel 3: Responding to catastrophe

How do viewers respond to images of catastrophe? Which images engender action and under what conditions? What causes paralysis? 
      Laura Kurgan, Spatial Information Design Lab, GSAPP Columbia University
      Page Stoutland, Nuclear Threat Initiative

4:30 Closing remarks

5:00   Reception at the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Evening Events

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Smithsonian Institution
Independence Avenue at 7th Street, SW MRC 353
Washington, DC 20013-7012

6:00 Meet the author and book signing Sara Paretsky, author of Critical Mass published by Putnam in October 2013

7:00   “Meet the Artist” evening program with Yoshimoto Nara whose work is included in the Hirshhorn Museum exhibit, “Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950.”


American Association for the Advancement of Science
1200 New York Avenue NW • Washington, DC


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