Ever wonder what it was like to develop deadly germs that could kill millions of people?
“The Anthrax Diaries,” a 30-minute documentary made by two Cornell faculty members with two other colleagues, will screen at Willard Straight Theatre Monday, March 5 at 4:30 p.m. and answer this question. The film, the first part of an ongoing feature-length work, features interviews with former Soviet and American bioweapons scientists.
Despite signing a treaty prohibiting the development, production and stockpiling of biological and toxin weapons that went into force in 1975, the U.S.S.R. continued its offensive bioweapons program in secret until 1992. Today, there are still concerns about ongoing covert biological weapons activities by states and terrorist groups.
Kathleen M. Vogel, an associate professor at Cornell with a joint appointment in the Department of Science and Technology Studies and the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, will introduce the film. A discussion of the film with Vogel and Slava Paperno, director of the Russian Language Program, will follow.
Free and open to the public.