DOOM WITH A VIEW: An Author Talk on the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapon Plant

Join us for DOOM WITH A VIEW: An Author Talk on the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapon Plant, led by Kristen Iversen, on Saturday, October 24 at 6pm. The virtual panel will feature contributors Christopher Hormel, Mark Johnson, Jon Lipsky, Heidi Maibom, Stephanie Malin, LeRoy Moore, and Randy Stafford. Please RSVP to to receive the Zoom link!

About the Book: Tucked up against the Rocky Mountains, just west of Denver, sits the remnants of one of the most notorious nuclear weapons sites in North America: Rocky Flats. With a history of environmental catastrophes, political neglect, and community-wide health crises, this site represents both one of the darkest and most controversial chapters in our nation’s history, and also a conundrum on repurposing lands once considered lost. As the crush of encroaching residential areas close in on this site and the generation of Rocky Flats workers passes on, the memory of Rocky Flats is receding from the public mind; yet the need to responsibly manage the site, and understand the consequences of forty years of plutonium production and contamination, must be a part of every decision for the land’s future.

About the Authors: Kristen Iversen’s work includes the books Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats (now a forthcoming documentary), Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth, and Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in the New York Times,The Nation, The American Scholar, and other publications. Originally from Colorado, Iversen has taught at universities around the country and is professor of creative writing at the University of Cincinnati, where she is also Literary Nonfiction editor of The Cincinnati Review. She holds a PhD from the University of Denver, and is currently a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bergen.

Christopher Hormel is a founding member of the Fund for Idaho, a grant making foundation for social change in Idaho. He also served as a board member and treasurer of the Snake River Alliance, Idaho's Nuclear Watchdog group from 2000–07. He currently serves on the Nuclear Nexus of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center and is active in their Rocky Flats Nuclear Guardianship project.

Heidi Hutner, PhD, director of sustainability studies and associate professor at Stony Brook University, writes about the environment for magazines, books, and academic journals. She is the author of Colonial Women (Oxford University Press). Hutner is working on two books, Earth Room: Notes from a Professor and Mother, and Nowhere: An Atomic Memoir. She holds a PhD from the University of Washington.

Dr. Mark B. Johnson has been the executive director of Jefferson County Public Health since April 1990. He graduated from medical school at Loma Linda University and received his medical specialty training and master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University. He is board certified in preventive medicine and public health and is a past president of the American College of Preventive Medicine.

Jon Lipsky, MAS and Retired FBI, was the lead FBI criminal investigator of federal environmental crimes at the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, in Golden, Colorado from 1987 to 1992. He contributed to The Ambushed Grand Jury nonfiction and nonprofit book to enlighten the public concerning U.S. government misdeeds and about the fact that Rocky Flats will never be safe. 

Heidi Maibom, PhD, is professor of philosophy at the University of Cincinnati. She holds a PhD from University College London, and has held fellowships at Cambridge University and Princeton University. Her work concerns emotion, empathy, psychopathology, responsibility, and interpersonal understanding. 

Stephanie A. Malin, PhD, is an environmental sociologist specializing in natural resource sociology, governance, and rural development, with a focus on the community impacts of resource extraction and energy production. Stephanie serves as an associate professor in 374 Doom with a View the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University and she is an adjunct associate professor with the Colorado School of Public Health.

Writer and former academic LeRoy Moore, PhD, has been devoted to Rocky Flats issues since he learned about the plant in 1978. He worked successfully with others to end nuclear weapons production at the plant, then sought the best possible cleanup of a site badly contaminated with radioactive plutonium; because of the inadequacy of the cleanup, he now seeks to make people aware that Rocky Flats poses a public health danger forever.

Randy Stafford is a senior manager at Oracle, with a thirty-two-year career in software architecture. He holds a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics, with graduate coursework in computer science, from Colorado State University. 

Event date: 
Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 6:00pm
Doom with a View: Historical and Cultural Contexts of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant Cover Image
By Kristen Iversen (Editor)
ISBN: 9781682752548
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chicago Review Press - Fulcrum - September 15th, 2020