Dr. Kristen Iverson Lectures on Award-Winning Book, Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Time: 04:00 PM
Location: 1093 Shelby Hall
Cost: free 

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Dr. Kristen Iversen, author of the highly-acclaimed book Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, an autobiography about growing up a nuclear weapons plant in Colorado, will give a lecture, "Rocky Flats and the Secrets of the Cold War" on Tuesday, November 27 at 4 p.m. in Room 1093 Shelby Hall on The University of Alabama campus.

Her visit, which is sponsored by UA's College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Chemistry, is free and open to the public.

Iversen's book is the story of her youth growing up in grew up in Arvada, Colorado near the Rocky Flats nuclear weaponry facility, which produced more than 70,000 plutonium pits for nuclear bombs between 1952 to 1992. According to Iversen, local residents and workers at the plant were largely kept in the dark about radioactive contamination of the air, water, and soil, until the Department of Energy finally conceded that Rocky Flats was the most contaminated site in America.

In this talk, Iversen will discuss what Americans didnšt know about bomb development and production during and after the Cold War years, while sharing her personal story of growing up near Rocky Flats, and the ten-year process of researching and writing Full Body Burden.

Iversen is an associate professor at the University of Memphis, where she directs the MFA program in creative writing. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Reader's Digest, Fourth Genre, and she has appeared on C-Span, NPR's Fresh Air, and she has worked extensively with A&E Biography, The History Channel, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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