Blinn’s Distinguished Lecture Series welcomes University of Texas historian to discuss his forthcoming book on Japanese World War II propaganda photos

Professor and author Michael B. Stoff will present ‘Fat Man, Nagasaki, and the End of the World’s First Nuclear War’ Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Blinn-Bryan Campus

Professor and author Michael B. Stoff will present ‘Fat Man, Nagasaki, and the End of the World’s First Nuclear War’ Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Blinn-Bryan Campus

October 17, 2019

The Blinn College District Division of Social Sciences invites the community to a leading historian’s in-depth look at the atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city Nagasaki at the conclusion of World War II.

Michael Stoff will discuss his forthcoming book, “Fat Man, Nagasaki, and the End of the World’s First Nuclear War,” with students and guests at the Blinn-Bryan Campus at noon Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Student Center Room F-120 (map). The presentation, part of Blinn’s Distinguished Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

“Dr. Stoff is a leading scholar whose expertise and insight on this topic bring a new perspective to this historic event,” Dean of Social Sciences Brandon Franke said. “This is a unique opportunity for our students and the community to learn more about an event that was pivotal in changing the outcome of World War II and the course of history.”  

Stoff’s book looks at how dropping “Fat Man,” the nickname given to the atomic bomb, on Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945, changed the history of nuclear weapons and transformed a nuclear strike into something much larger. Through unique access to an archive of World War II photos from the Japanese Ministry of Propaganda, Stoff was able to explore this impactful event that changed the course of modern warfare.

Stoff is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor, and an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. For more than a decade, he has been director of UT’s nationally acclaimed Plan II Honors Program. He is the author of Oil, War and American Security, co-editor of The Manhattan Project: A Documentary Introduction to the Atomic Age, series co-editor of The Oxford New Narratives in American History, and co-author of five American history textbooks. Stoff earned his Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers College and Ph.D. from Yale University.

In addition to his numerous books, Stoff frequently lectures on U.S. history, domestic and foreign policy from the Progressive Era through post-World War II America, and the history of the modern American presidency.

Blinn’s Distinguished Lecture Series brings leading figures to campus to provide students, faculty, and the community with different perspectives and topics of thought in regards to the social sciences. From historians to psychologists, each presentation is unique and is designed to inform and entertain.

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