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The Atomic Bomb and the End of the Second World War *Sold Out*

October 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

*This event is sold out. To be added to the waitlist, email with your First & Last Name, Email address, & phone number.*

Political and military leaders in the United States planned a final military campaign that could end the war with Japan in 1945, but a land invasion would carry extremely high human and economic costs.The American decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki evolved from careful strategic analysis of these costs, but the new weapons inflicted massive civilian casualties and showed how atomic bombs greatly expanded the destructive threats of modern warfare.This seminar will examine America’s strategic decision to develop and use the atomic bombs and analyze the impact of wartime bombing within Japanese society. We’ll also discuss how America’s use of the atomic bomb is remembered in both Japan and the United States.


From Hitler to Roosevelt: The Concept of an Atomic Bomb

Gerhard L. Weinberg, William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of History Emeritus

The Atomic Bomb and Its Influence on Wartime Japan

W. Miles Fletcher, Professor of History Emeritus

From Germany to Japan: The Decision to Use Atomic Bombs

Professor Weinberg

Postwar Identities and Debates: Japanese and American Views of the Atomic Bomb after 1945 Professor Fletcher

Why is the Use of Atomic Bombs in World War II Still Debated Today?

A panel discussion with our speakers


9:00am-5:00pm, Saturday, October 19. The tuition is $125 ($115 until September 5). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($57.50 until September 5). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch on Saturday is $15.00.

Discounts are available for UNC students, faculty, & staff. See our UNC Student, Staff, & Faculty Discounted Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register here or call us at 919.962.1544. 

Registrants will receive a packet containing background readings, a map to the seminar location, and more about 2-3 weeks before the program date. 


October 19, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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