Friday, May 17, 2013

Godzilla and the China Syndrome

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 cinema studies scholar Isabelle Freda on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. This program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities, with additional help from the Sylvia Beach Hotel.

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.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact the Newport Library at 541-265-2153 or go to its website,

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