August lecture features author of testing book |

August lecture features author of testing book

Staff Reports

The Douglas County Historical Society lecture series Thursday features guest speaker Michon Mackedon, a native daughter of Nevada, growing up in Fallon.

Mackedon is a student of Russian, classic black-and-white films, cutthroat gin rummy, classic Ford Mustangs, and science fiction.

She is currently the professor emeritus of English and Humanities at Western Nevada College where she has taught for twenty-eight years.

As author of “Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert” (Reno: Black Rock Institute Press, 2010) she recounts Nevada’s relationship with the nuclear industry and a host of players including the Atomic Energy Commission, the Department of Energy, scientists, military men, and journalists.

With “an awareness born of deceit” shared by other Nevadans, Mackedon reveals the manipulated language and imagery doled out by the atomic industry used to make the unsafe appear safe and the unthinkable, thinkable.

The lecture starts promptly at 7 p.m., museum doors open at 6:45 p.m. Free to DCHS members, $3 general public.

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The Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center is located at 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.

For more information, call 782-2555.

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