Online Discussion: Uranium Mining

Dimity Hawkins (Nuclear Truth Project, ICAN Australia), Myrriah Gómez (University of New Mexico) and Yaroslav Koshelev (Technical University of Berlin) will be the featured speakers at our upcoming online event, which is part of our Nuclear Survivors campaign.

We are thrilled to host these inspiring individuals who will share their insights on uranium mining. The speakers are related to organizations and institutions in Australia, the USA and Germany. 

Dimity Hawkins is an Australian nuclear-free activist and researcher, currently a Co-Coordinator of the Nuclear Truth Project. She was a co-founder of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and is an active campaigner and Australian Board member. Her work centres on advocacy for nuclear abolition, particularly alongside affected community members and civil society partners. Her research focuses on the history of nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific. Dimity was awarded an Order of Australia Honour in 2019 for “significant service to the global community as an advocate for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.”

Myrriah Gómez is an Associate Professor in the Honors College at the University of New Mexico in the United States. She is a nuevomexicana from the Pojoaque Valley in northern New Mexico. She earned her Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in Latina/o Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a 2011 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow. She directs the Conexiones-Spain study abroad program and serves as is faculty coordinator for the UNM Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. Dr. Gómez’s monograph, Nuclear Nuevo México: Colonialism and the Effects of the Nuclear Industrial Complex on Nuevomexicanos (University of Arizona, 2022), examines the effects of settler colonialism and the nuclear industrial complex in New Mexico.

Yaroslav Koshelev interviewed Soviet witnesses to the history of uranium mining in the GDR and their lives at „Wismut“ as part of the „Wismut Heritage Research contemporary witness project at the Humboldt University in Berlin and the Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig. He is currently writing his master’s thesis in the history of technology at the Technical University of Berlin on the Wismut narratives of Soviet specialists.

The event will adopt a human library concept, providing a platform for personal and professional stories. We encourage active participation, but, of course, attentive listening is equally appreciated. 

We look forward to your involvement! Kindly register through the form on our website or send an email to