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Nuclear Power on Trial: The Acquittal of the Palo 13

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Centennial Building, 402 Iowa Ave

Sharon Lake will provide an account of the trial of a group of protestors at the Duane Arnold Energy Center, a nuclear power plant near Palo, in 1979. She sets the incident in historical context and explains why the jury in the trial reached a not guilty verdict, unlike juries in similar cases around the country at the time. Among the activists involved were Frank Cordaro of Des Moines and Jean Hagen of Mason City, whose papers are housed at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Iowa City. The full story appears in Fall 2018 issue of the Annals of Iowa.

Sharon Lake earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa in 2010. Her research focuses on the role of local activists in creating social change. She is currently revising her dissertation, a case study of Iowa City's first woman firefigher. In her non-academic life, she organizes grassroots partisan political efforts in her neighborhood in Iowa City and still has her day job with a company in Kalona that supports small family farms.

Program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information call (319)335-3911.