Journalist and Author Denise Kiernan will present “The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II,” at Meredith College on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Her lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium.
Kiernan’s book, The Girls of Atomic City, tells the unbelievable true story of young women during World War II who worked in a secret city dedicated to making fuel for the first atomic bomb—only they didn’t know that.
Kiernan has been working as a writer for more than 20 years. The Girls of Atomic City, is a New York Times, Los Angeles Times and NPR Bestseller, and was named as one of Amazon’s “Top 100 Best Books of 2013.” It was also awarded the 2014 American Political Science Association Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book published in the United States on government, politics, or international affairs. Her newest book is The Last Castle, which is about Asheville’s Biltmore Estate.
Kiernan’s work has been published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, Ms. Magazine, Reader's Digest, Discover, and many more publications. She has also worked in television, serving as head writer for ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire during its Emmy award-winning first season, and has produced for media outlets such as ESPN and MSNBC. She has co-authored several popular history titles including Signing Their Lives Away, Signing Their Rights Away, and Stuff Every American Should Know. Throughout her career, Kiernan has been a featured guest on many radio and television shows, including NPR’s Weekend Edition, PBS NewsHour, MSNBC Morning Joe and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
This lecture is free and open to the public. For Meredith students, this convocation qualifies as an academic/cultural event in General Education.
Sponsored by the Meredith College Convocation Committee