The atomic bomb exploded into popular culture soon after the U.S. decimated Hiroshima and Nagasaki with Little Boy and Fat Man. During the Cold War, global citizens were terrified of a nuclear holocaust, but those fears slowly deescalated as the atomic bomb began to symbolize more than death and destruction. The mushroom cloud began popping up everywhere as a “cool” symbol, and people detached the symbol from its meaning.
Myrriah earned her Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in Latina/o Studies. Before coming to the Honors College, Myrriah previously taught courses in the Department of Chicana/o Studies at UNM. She writes about home and the idea of the Chicana/o homeland. She has a forthcoming essay in a book called Querencia: Essays on the New Mexico Homeland.