MillerComm Lecture Series

Atomic Heritage, Secrecy, and Failure: The Huemul Atomic Project in Argentina

Tuesday, March 21st, 2023
Trinidad Rico

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 South Gregory, Urbana

Event Description

Watch the video HERE

In the 1950s, Argentina spent considerable resources to join the nuclear era, recruiting a German scientist to deliver nuclear fusion in a secret lab on the remote island Huemul. It was dismantled a few years later. This lecture discusses the aftermath of a failed experiment, its legacies for a nuclear culture in Argentina, and the challenge of preserving nuclear heritage.

Hosted by: Department of Physics

In conjunction with: Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management & Policy, Department of Anthropology, Department of History, Department of Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering, Humanities Research Institute, Illinois Global Institute, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Program in Arms Control & Domestic & International Security, School of Art + Design, Spurlock Museum, University Library, Women & Gender in Global Perspectives

Trinidad Rico

Director of Heritage Conservation, School of Architecture
University of Southern California