October 20, 1982
Associate Professor of English Frank Bergon, director of the American Culture Program, spoke on “Issues for the Eighties: American Values in the Nuclear Age,” the first of seven lectures in a multidisciplinary course on "the nuclear crisis" that also included faculty from political science, psychology and economics. "The wrong values, ideals and attitudes," he said, "are evoked by contmeporary references to the West in the Nuclear Age."
Bergon, reported Walter Hamilton II '86 in The Miscellany News, "said Americans have a false ideal about [the] military superiority of this nation.... Bergon beiieves America sees itself as a legendary western cowboy much like the 'strong, silent and self-reliant' John Wayne type, who always emerges the victor in every battle. Because America sees itself as the invincible cowboy, it might prove quick to prove its continuing power with the assistance of nuclear weapons."
Other open lectures for the course included "The Economic Impact of the Arms Race" by economist Stephen Rousseas, “Women in Politics and Nuclear Arms” by Associate Professor of Political Science Mary Shanley and "The Social Psychology of the Nuclear Threat," given by Randolph Cornelius of the psychology department.