Facing Armageddon: New Perspectives on the US, Soviet and Cuban Leadership Fifty Years After the Cuban Missile Crisis
Monday, October 1, 2012 4:00pm-7:00pm
Please join us for a special program for educators spotlighting the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis and its significance for today’s youth. Leading experts on the Crisis, James Blight, janet M. Lang, and Svetlana Savranskaya will discuss not only the tumultuous thirteen days as experienced by Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro, but also the November Crisis stemming from the highly-charged negotiations between Moscow and Havana as the Soviets secretly planned to leave behind more than 100 Soviet tactical nuclear weapons, then reversed themselves as a result of Fidel Castro’s aggressively defiant behavior.
James Blight and janet M. Lang of the Balsillie School of International Affairs (Ontario, Canada) are the leading scholars of The Armageddon Letters: Kennedy/Khrushchev/Castro in the Cuban Missile Crisis, a new transmedia project that features a book, graphic novels, short films, podcasts, and blogs. The project launches this month and is counting down to the 50th anniversary of the Crisis on Twitter @armageddontweet. Blight, Lang and the filmmakers have partnered previously and were involved in the Academy Award-winning documentary, THE FOG OF WAR, and the Golden Palm-winning, VIRTUAL JFK.
Svetlana Savranskaya is a research fellow at The George Washington University’s National Security Archives where she directs cooperative projects with Russian archives and institutes. She is the editor of the new publication, The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis: Castro, Mikoyan, Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Missiles of November. Based on the secret transcripts of top-level diplomacy undertaken by Anastas Mikoyan, the number-two Soviet leader, to settle the Cuban Missile Crisis, the book vividly reveals the behind-the-scenes events leading to the Soviets’ decision to remove the tactical nuclear weapons.
Registration is required for this free program. Download the registration form here.