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“Pandora's Promise” Film Screening & Panel Discussion, January 16

 

Robert Stone, a multi-award-winning, Oscar-nominated and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, will present a screening of his 2013 film "Pandora’s Promise" on Thursday, January 16, at 3:00 p.m. in Middlebury College’s Dana Auditorium. Stone’s film addresses the dilemma that confronts environmentalists regarding nuclear power. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring divergent expert opinions on nuclear power and the environment. The event is free and open to the public.
 
According to Rich Wolfson, Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics at Middlebury and one of the event’s organizers, “Nuclear power presents a dilemma that divides environmentalists.  For some, it’s an unacceptable energy source that risks disastrous accidents and saddles humanity with thousands of years of radioactive waste.  For others, it’s the only carbon-free energy technology that’s proven to work at the scales needed to replace the coal that generates much of the world's electricity.” 

The panel discussion will be moderated by Jonathan Isham, Professor of Economics and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Middlebury. Panelists will include Stone, the film’s director; Evelyn Bromet, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University; Charles Ferguson, president of the Federation of American Scientists; and Peter Bradford, former commissioner on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and current adjunct professor at Vermont Law School.
 
This event is sponsored by Middlebury College’s Office of the President, Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, Program in Environmental Studies, and Department of Physics.

For more information, contact Janet Wiseman at 802-443-5710 or jwiseman@middlebury.edu.