Become a member and save up to 20% on the price of your tickets! If you are already a member, log in to access your member price. The Manhattan Project’s Long Shadow Evening Lecture/Seminar Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET Add to calendar iCalendar Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Outlook.com Code: 1J0183 Select Your Tickets Login $20 - Member 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 $25 - Non-Member Resize text Operation Trinity, the first detonation of a nuclear weapon as part of the Manhattan Project July, 1945 The creation of the first atomic bomb in 1945 fundamentally changed the nature of American life and international relations. Since that fateful August day when Hiroshima was bombed, every U.S. president has made reference to nuclear weapons in public speeches, with John F. Kennedy famously telling the United Nations in 1961, “Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable. ...The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us.” But Kennedy’s view on the elimination of nuclear weapons contrasts with Franklin Roosevelt’s concern in 1941. With the Second World War raging, the U.S. feared that Hitler’s Germany was working on developing an atomic weapon. To head off such a devastating possibility, Roosevelt approved the Manhattan Project, the top-secret program to build the most powerful weapon the world has ever known. While many celebrated the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as having helped to bring the Second World War to a close, the ongoing reality of nuclear weapons has proven more complicated. Award-winning historian Allen Pietrobon, an assistant professor of global affairs at Trinity Washington University, explores the history of the Manhattan Project and how the existence of nuclear weapons forever changed the world. They have shaped the way Americans lived, influenced postwar American culture, and have been a dangerous flashpoint in international relations. In addition to the development of the atomic bomb and the long shadow it cast, Pietrobon explores some of the fascinating and little-known ramifications of how the success of the Manhattan Project continues to affect us 77 years after the first (and last) time an atomic bomb has been used in combat. Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This online program is presented on Zoom.