Oppenheimer on Oppenheimer: A Family Perspective with Charles Oppenheimer and CNS Experts

September 26, 2023

Speaker: Charles Oppenheimer, grandson of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the leader of the Oppenheimer Project.

Charles Oppenheimer is leading the Oppenheimer Project which promotes, advocates, and invests in the values of J. Robert Oppenheimer. The organization promotes more global unity, more energy, and fewer weapons as a solution to most of our problems.

00:00:00 Introduction by the moderator, Dr. William Potter, Founder and Director or the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
00:05:23 Charles views on the 2023 Oppenheimer film directed by Christopher Nolan.
00:15:35 How Robert’s schooling in the Ethical Culture Fieldston School influenced his career
00:21:33 Robert’s mystical outlook
00:26:00 The poisoned apple incident
00:31:50 How the broad reach of the movie can help raise awareness to nuclear issues
00:39:20 Remarks from Dr. Siegfried (Sig) Hecker, CNS Distinguished Professor of Practice and former director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
00:48:50 The film’s lack of attention to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
00:57:33 The film’s portrayal of Edward Teller
01:00:00 The relationship between Robert Oppenheimer and Edward Teller by Gregg Herken, the author of “Brotherhood of the Bomb”, Sig Hecker, and Aver Cohen, Professor at the Middlebury Institute and author of “Israel and the Bomb”
01:13:26 Robert Oppenheimer security clearance issue
01:18:38 Q&A from students and young diplomats

William Potter and Charles Oppenheimer

Charles Oppenheimer, William Potter

Seminar attendees

Charles Oppenheimer, Masako Toki, and event attendees

Jordan Frye and Charles Oppenheimer

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