Hanford commemoration features author lectures

By The Tri-City HeraldOctober 24, 2013 

The commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Hanford nuclear reservation concludes this weekend with two lectures.

Kate Brown, author of Plutopia, will speak at 7 p.m. today in the East Auditorium of Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland.

Her talk will be followed by a panel discussion of people who believe their health was damaged by past releases of radioactive material from Hanford.

Brown's book, which focuses on Hanford and a nuclear site in Russia, questions whether medical studies are flawed given the personal stories of those who live downwind of Hanford.

Lectures cost $10 and tickets can be purchased at www.ourhanfordhistory.org.

Author Richard Rhodes will speak Saturday. A lecture and reception will start at 7 p.m. at the Richland Players Theatre. Rhodes is the author and editor of 24 books, including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, the winner of a Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and a National Book Award.

He also wrote Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was on the short list for a Pulitzer Prize in History.

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