VIRTUAL EVENT - Deconstructing Dr. Strangelove: The Secret History of Nuclear War Films - January 28

Join the Museum of Nuclear Science & History on Friday, the 28th of January at 6pm (MDT) for an online event with Dr. Sean Maloney to discuss his book Deconstructing Dr. Strangelove: The Secret History of Nuclear War Films.

On January 29th, 1964, Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, made its official theatrical premiere. Having been postponed after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November of 1963, Dr. Strangelove debuted to reviews such as Bosley Crowther's for the New York Times. Crowther says the film "is beyond any question the most shattering sick joke I've ever come across." The general and critical consensus in 1964 might not have been an outright success, however, Dr. Strangelove was enshrined in the American National Film Registry in 1989 and was popular enough to be rereleased in 1994 for its 30th anniversary.

This film now regularly appears on critics lists of the best cinema of all time and has made a significant cultural impact on film as well as the public perception of governmental fail-safe protocols. Blending film analysis with Cold War history, Maloney looks at how celluloid crises stack up against the reality that we are all still here.

This event is $10 to attend virtually, and Museum members are free to attend. Donations are appreciated.

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About Sean Maloney

Dr. Sean M. Maloney is a Professor of History at the Royal Military College and served as the Historical Advisor to the Chief of the Land Staff during the war in Afghanistan. He previously served as the historian for the 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade, the Canadian Army’s primary Cold War NATO commitment after the reunification of Germany and at the start of Canada’s long involvement in the Balkans.

Dr. Maloney has extensive field experience in that region, particularly in Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Macedonia from 1995 to 2001, where he inadvertently observed the activities of the Al Qaeda organization and its surrogates. His work on the Balkans was interrupted by the 9-11 attacks.

From 2001 Dr. Maloney has focused nearly exclusively on the war against the Al Qaeda movement and its allies, particularly on the Afghanistan component of that war. He traveled regularly to Afghanistan from 2003 to 2014 to observe and record coalition operations and concurrently served as an advisor to a number of organizations operating in that country.

He was the first Canadian civilian military historian to go into combat since the Second World War. With Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan winding down, Dr. Maloney returned to teaching at Royal Military College. Building on his groundbreaking work dealing with Canada and nuclear weapons, he also returns to his first and primary area of interest, the long, difficult, and in many ways, still-secret Cold War. More information can be found on his website at