Kate Brown will speak on her current work on the public health and environmental legacy of Chernobyl. Brown is a Professor of History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the author of two prize-winning books: A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland (Harvard 2004) and Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (Oxford 2013). Plutopia won the George Perkins Marsh Prize, Ellis W. Hawley Prize, Robert G. Athearn Prize, Albert J. Beveridge Award, John H. Dunning Prize, and other prizes. To read more about Kate Brown’s book Plutopia, see www.plutopia.net.
Brown’s most recent book is a collection of essays, Dispatches from Dystopia: Histories of Places Not Yet Forgotten (Chicago 2015), which explores place and the construction of space as a springboard for histories of communities and territories which have been silenced or destroyed.