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November 17, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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Tewa Pueblos at the Dawn of Atomic Modernity

Dmitri Brown, PhD candidate, Department of History, University of California, Davis, and SAR’s 2021 Katrin H. Lamon fellow.


Dmitri Brown, SAR 2022 Lamon Fellow Resident Scholar

In late 1942, Manhattan Project officials evaluated potential locations for their scientific headquarters. They found a site that met their needs on the Pajarito Plateau in the western hills of the Tewa Pueblo world. Employing traditional patterns and dynamics, Tewa communities had long drawn strength from accommodating potentially shattering modern incursions like the railroad, pottery markets, and archaeology. They used these same traditions and experiences to meet the coming of the atomic age. Viewing the Manhattan Project in the context of the Tewa world, Brown’s talk offers an opportunity to understand the connections between physics, history, and Tewa philosophy.

This event is part of the 2021 fall scholar colloquia series.

Each year, incoming resident scholars introduce their work to the SAR community through a presentation and Q&A. This year’s talks are hosted online and continue to be free and open to the public. Registration is required.

See the full series here