Destroyer of Worlds: 78 years after Hiroshima

Hiroshima anniversary screening and panel discussion of Oppenheimer

August 6, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. CDT | Chicago, IL

Destroyer of Worlds: 78 years after Hiroshima

Hiroshima anniversary screening and panel discussion of Oppenheimer

August 6, 2023

2:00 p.m. CDT

Chicago, IL

August 6 marks the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. On August 9 another atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Each year the anniversaries are marked in Japan and around the world as a time to work toward nuclear disarmament to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again. This year the anniversaries overlap with the release of Christopher Nolan's new movie, Oppenheimer.

We invite you to join us for a special screening of the film at Music Box Theatre on August 6, followed by a post-movie panel conversation lead by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the DePaul Humanities Center, and the Japanese Arts Foundation, 

The panel and Q&A will include Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin, Saira Chambers, the executive director of the Japanese Arts Foundation and director of the Japanese Culture Center, and Yuki Miyamoto, peace ambassador to Hiroshima and director of DePaul Humanities Center.

Speaker bios

Rachel Bronson

Rachel Bronson is the president and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. She oversees the publishing programs, management of the Doomsday Clock, and a growing set of activities around nuclear risk, climate change, and disruptive technologies. Before joining the Bulletin, Bronson served as the vice president of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She also taught “Global Energy” as an adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management. Prior to moving to Chicago, Bronson served as senior fellow and director of Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Bronson’s book, Thicker than Oil: America’s Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia (Oxford University Press, 2006), has been translated into Japanese and was published in paperback in June 2008.


Saira Chambers, director of the Japanese Culture Center and executive director of the Japanese Arts Foundation, is a curator, educator, producer, and curriculum developer. Saira has been an active advocate for nuclear nonproliferation and has worked with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum on various projects including hosting the “Hiroshima Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition’ here in Chicago in 2016. Alongside Dr. Miyamoto, she co-taught a course at DePaul University, “Art in the Atomic Age” last spring as well. With an emphasis on community-driven and innovative exhibition models and programs, her work explores the art, history, and culture of Japan globally to bridge cultural competence and cross-cultural perspectives.

Yuki Miyamoto

Yuki Miyamoto is an ethicist whose work centers on nuclear discourse and environmental ethics through the framework of comparative ethics. Her book Naze genbaku ga aku dewa nainoka (Iwanami, 2020) illustrates the divergence of nuclear discourse in the U.S. and Japan, examining the American perception of “the nuclear” in religious, educational, and popular cultural scenes. Against the backdrop of the still unfolding disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011, she wrote A World Otherwise: Environmental Praxis in Minamata​ (Lexington, 2021) which investigates the environmental ethics that emerged out of a community that has suffered from methylmercury pollution in Minamata, Japan. Most recently, she translated Trisha T. Pritikin's The Hanford Plaintiffs into Japanese, Mokusatsu sareta hibakusha no koe: Amerika Hanfōdo seigi o motomete tatakatta genkoku tachi (Akashi shoten, 2023).  


Stephen I. Schwartz is a nonresident senior fellow at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and an independent consultant. He previously served as editor of The Nonproliferation Review; publisher and executive director of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists; guest scholar and project director at the Brookings Institution; and Washington representative for the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability. He is the author of numerous articles and reports, including Nuclear Security Spending: Assessing Costs, Examining Priorities (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2009), and is the editor and co-author of Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of US Nuclear Weapons Since 1940 (Brookings Institution Press, 1998). Schwartz analyzes, writes, and speaks publicly about the history and costs of US nuclear weapons and weapons-related programs.


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3733 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

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