Wilkes University


Perilous Nuclear Projects of the 1950s is Lecture Topic at Wilkes University

Richard Sylves, professor emeritus of political science and IR department at the University of Delaware, will present the lecture, “America's Insanely Perilous Nuclear Projects of the 1950s, The Great Atomic Science Advisers, and Why It All Matters Today.” The event is free and open to the public, and will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 002 of Farley Library at Wilkes University.

The lecture is based on his book, The Nuclear Oracles: A Political History of the Atomic Energy Commission General Advisory Committee, in which he researched the declassified meeting records of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission’s General Advisory Committee, consisting of eight Nobel laureates who advised and critiqued the development of the hydrogen bomb. 

Sylves is also a former senior research scientist at the Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management of the George Washington University. He produced grant-funded works for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Higher Education Program, and was an appointed member of the executive committee of the National Academy of Science Disaster Roundtable. He has written five books on issues of emergency and disaster management, the latest a second edition of Disaster Policy and Politics: Emergency Management and Homeland Security released in 2015. Sylves received the B. Wayne Blanchard award for excellence in Emergency Management Research in 2014.