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Title:Oral History - Michael Weissman
Author(s):Cui, Weiqi
Subject(s):Michael Weissman
oral history
student activism
anti-Star Wars movement
global warming
Abstract:Professor Weissman started as a faculty member of this campus and was involved heavily in the anti-Starwars movement, an initiative proposed by President Reagan to build counter-missile missiles to shoot down enemy nukes. During this initiative, physicists from all over the country were assigned to work on this project but soon realized that these missiles are actually suited more as a first-strike than a counter-missile system. Weissman and physicists from this university signed a pact to not work on this project (believing it to be a preemptive strike tool rather than a defense tool) and was soon followed by Cornell and universities from across the nation. The missile project was soon scraped and stand as a great achievement in Weissman’s life. After jumping from a few different topics, Professor Weissman soon settled on the discussion of global warming and his regret on not having done more for the movement. He explained that the first step for this kind of activism is communication and understanding.
Issue Date:2013-01
Course / Semester:History 396; Fall 2012
Mireya Loza, Instructor
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-03-11

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