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UNI to host lecture on the Nevada Test Site Oral History Project

October 31, 2013

Robert Martin, professor, history, 319-273-2097,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a lecture about the Nevada Test Site Oral History Project. The lecture, by Leisl Carr Childers, assistant professor of history, will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.

Oral history has been a powerful tool for researchers to better understand the experiences of everyday individuals engaged in activities that are not always officially or publicly recorded. From 2003 to 2008, the Nevada Test Site Oral History Project documented the remembrances of those engaged in and affected by the nation's nuclear testing program during the Cold War. The project peeled back the layers of secrecy and compartmentalization and revealed participants as part of a very special community connected by the geography of nuclear testing.

The lecture is free and open to the public and is hosted by Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and the History Club Lecture Series. For more information, contact Robert Martin, professor of history, at 319-273-2097 or