Date(s) - 11/09/19
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Chicago Humanities Festival
In the nearly 35 years since Chernobyl, what have we learned? CHF has gathered a panel of nuclear experts to reflect on the story and lessons of the world’s greatest nuclear disaster, moderated by Emma Belcher, Director of Nuclear Challenges for the MacArthur Foundation. Journalist Adam Higginbotham spoke with witnesses and dug through archives to write Midnight in Chernobyl, one of the most thorough accounts of the incident, while MIT professor Kate Brown’s Manual for Survival highlights the underreported environment fallout and health impacts of the nuclear event. Higginbotham and Brown will be joined by Gregory B. Jaczko, former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, who will speak about how little the US nuclear industry learned from Chernobyl, and the steps that need to be taken to prevent another disaster of this scale.
Dr. Gregory B. Jaczko served as Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 2009-2012, and as a commissioner from 2005-2009. As Chairman, he played a lead role in the American government’s response to the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan. Jaczko is now an adjunct professor at Princeton University and Georgetown University, and an entrepreneur with a clean energy development company. He is the author of Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator.