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Anti-Nuke Exhibit

Press Release
UMass Amherst Libraries
February 1, 2012





~ Lionel Delevingne and the Antinuclear Movement ~

Amherst, MA – UMass Amherst Libraries will host an exhibit, “To the Village Square: An Experiment in American Democracy,” through May 1, 2012, in Du Bois Library on the Lower Level and continuing on Floor 25 in Special Collections and University Archives. The exhibit features photographs by photojournalist Lionel Delevingne covering the antinuclear movement.

New England was the epicenter of the antinuclear movement of the 1970s and 1980s. Sparked by the proposed construction of nuclear power plants in Montague, Mass., and Seabrook, N.H., a grass-roots movement blossomed in the region, drawing on a long tradition of non-violent political protest. Shortly after arriving in the United States from his native France in 1975, the photojournalist Lionel Delevingne began covering the antinuclear movement, including the long history of civil disobedience and occupation at Seabrook, the aftermath of the Three Mile Island disaster, and other protests from New York to South Carolina and Europe. 

Delevingne has led or participated in many award-winning projects earning awards from the National Endowment of the Arts/Humanities (NEA), Massachusetts Endowment for the Humanities, University & College Designers Association (UCDA), University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UCEA), and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), among others. His work has been exhibited frequently in the U.S. and abroad and published widely in the mainstream and alternative press, including the New York Times, Le Figaro Magazine, Die Zeit, Newsweek, Washington Post Magazine, Mother Jones, and Vanity Fair.

“To the Village Square” includes dozens of Delevingne’s photographs, some of the movement’s most memorable images, along with materials drawn from the rich antinuclear collections held in the UMass Amherst Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and University Archives.

For more information, contact Anne Moore (545-6888,





Last Edited: 24 October 2012