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College of Arts & Sciences
Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute

Midnight in Chernobyl

A Presentation and Book Reading by Adam Higginbotham

With an introduction by Tim Mousseau (USC, Biological Sciences)

Special Event at the Ernest F. Hollings Library Program Room, Friday, April 26th, 4:30-6:30pm

Free and open to the public.


April 26th commemorates the 33rd anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the largest accident at a nuclear power plant in history. Acclaimed writer and journalist, Addam Higginbotham, will disucss his journey of exploration leading to his new, highly praised book, "Midnight in Chernobyl," described by the NY Times as a "gripping, miss-your-subway-stop read." This book is timely given ongoing discussions of the pros and cons of nuclear energy, a relatively carbon-free, energy-dense source of electricity. Critics, however, argue that nuclear energy is too costly, prone to accidents, and produces highly toxic waste products for which there is currently no long-term solution.

The event will begin at 4:30pm with a reception (and refreshments). There will be a brief prelude by Professor Tim Mouseeau who will describe some of the research by USC students and faculty in Chernobyl and Fukushima. There will be a book signing following Higginbotham's presentation.

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Information and Communications, the Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute, the Walker Institute for International and Area Studies, the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, and the Greater Piedmont Chapter of the Explorers Club.

Access and Parking: The Hollings Library Program Room is accessed through the main level of the Thomas Cooper Library at 1322 Greene St, Columbia, SC. Parking is generally available in the Bull Street Parking Garage. Accessible parking is available behind the Thomas Cooper Library.