‘Garwin’ to be screened in New York City Dec. 11

By Wendy S. Loughlin

November 13, 2014

The film explores the rich and controversial career of Richard Garwin, the designer of the first hydrogen bomb and an adviser to every president since Eisenhower

Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the Federation of American Scientists will host a screening of “Garwin,” a film by Professor Richard Breyer and alumnus Anand Kamalakar G’95, on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at SVA Theatre, 333 W. 23rd St.

“Richard Garwin is one of a handful of people who literally changed the world,” says Breyer. “To understand his story is to understand U.S. history from World War II to the present.”

Garwin is a physicist who, among other accomplishments, was the author of the actual design used in the first hydrogen bomb in 1952. He received the National Medal of Science in 2002. Enrico Fermi, in whose lab he worked, said Garwin was the only true genius he had ever met.

The filmmakers traveled across the country with Garwin—from IBM headquarters in New York City to Washington, D.C., to Los Alamos, New Mexico to La Jolla, California—and even to Europe. Following Garwin as he searches for what it takes to build a more peaceful, verdant and sustainable world, and examining issues such as global warming, nuclear proliferation, disarmament and the energy crisis, the film explores the rich and controversial career of a man whose name is little known but whose impact on the 20th and 21st centuries has been remarkable.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Garwin and the filmmakers.

The film premiered in Syracuse last spring. Walter G. Montgomery ’67, a co-founder and partner at the international  communications firm Finsbury and a member of the Maxwell Advisory Board, is executive producer.

Breyer is co-director of documentary film and history, a joint master’s degree program offered by the Newhouse and Maxwell Schools. Kamalakar is founder of Trilok Fusion Media in Brooklyn. Their first collaboration, “300 Miles to Freedom,” was released in 2011.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are required. To RSVP, email rsvp@garwinthemovie.com or call 718-576-2563.