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Stills from the film Containment by Peter Galison

Containment Film Screening with Filmmaker Peter Galison

CMOA Theater

Free, registration recommended


Join CMOA and the University of Pittsburgh for a screening of the film Containment. A Q&A with filmmaker Peter Galison follows.

About the Film

Can we contain some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced? Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering vast radioactive lands. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create monuments that will speak across the time. Part observational essay filmed in weapons plants, Fukushima and deep underground—and part graphic novel—Containment (external link) weaves between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled far future, exploring the idea that over millennia, nothing stays put.

About Filmmaker Peter Galison

Peter Galison is a Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at Harvard University. Galison’s previous film on the moral-political debates over the H-bomb, Ultimate Weapon: The H-bomb Dilemma (with Pamela Hogan, 2002) has been shown frequently on the History Channel and is widely used in academic courses. In 1997, he was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship; won a 1998 Pfizer Award for Image and Logic as the best book that year in the History of Science; and in 1999 received the Max Planck and Humboldt Stiftung Prize. His books include How Experiments End (1987), Einstein’s Clocks, Poincaré’s Maps (2003), and Objectivity (with L. Daston, 2007) and he has worked extensively with de-classified material in his studies of physics in the Cold War. Galison’s work also features artistic collaborations, including partnering with South African artist William Kentridge on a multi-screen installation, The Refusal of Time.

Event Sponsors

The event is a co-presentation organized by CMOA and the following departments at The University of Pittsburgh:

  • Cultural Studies
  • Humanities Center
  • Film Studies Program
  • Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
  • University Honors College
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of History and Philosophy of Science
  • Center for Philosophy of Science
  • Japan Council