Conference on Hanford site history in March, Eric Schlosser to speak

Washington State University is hosting several prominent figures for a conference on the history of the Hanford site at its Tri-Cities campus from Mar. 15 to 18.

Legacies of the Manhattan Project, a conference hosted by the Hanford History Project, will cover the nuclear site’s critical role in World War II, its activity during the Cold War and following cleanup efforts in its 75-year history.

Speakers will include Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, Kathleen Flenniken, former poet laureate of Washington, and historical preservationist Una Gilmartin.

The conference will also have documents, photos, films and digital materials provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Hanford Collection.”

It will include optional tours of the White Bluffs Bank historic site, B Reactor and Hanford High School.

The event will end with a benefit screening of the 2016 documentary Command and Control, based on a book written by Schlosser. It’s directed by Robert Kenner, the same person who directed Food, Inc.

For a complete schedule of the conference, go here.

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