"Hiroshima and Modern Memory: The Decision to Use the Bomb and Subsequent Debates, 1945-1995" will be the topic of a University Forum lecture Nov. 6 at UNLV.
Martin J. Sherwin, professor of history and director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History. The lecture is free and open to the public.
In his presentation, Sherwin will examine the various military and diplomatic interpretations explaining the use of nuclear weapons against Japan. Among these will be the issues of whether the bombs were necessary to end the war and, if so, whether they hastened or delayed the process.
Also to be explored is the public reaction to the bombings from the time they were dropped in 1945 through the recent controversy over the Enola Gay exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum.
The University Forum lecture series is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts. Sherwin's lecture also is being sponsored by the Nevada Humanities Committee.
For additional information on Sherwin's presentation, call 895-3401.