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HUMANITIES IN SOCIETY AND CULTURE: ATOMIC BOMB CULTURE

Myrriah Gómez, myrriahg@unm.edu

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

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.