Veronica Niamba receives Lowell Aptman Prize
History major, Veronica Niamba T'21, received the Lowell Aptman Prize for the paper she wrote in HIST 160S - GTWY SEM: THE GLOBAL SIXTIES. This course was taught by Ph.D student, Gray Kidd.
"Veronica hit the ground running, so to speak, when exploring possible avenues of research. During an exploratory class visit to the Rubenstein Library, she had a fortuitous encounter with the personal papers of Angier Biddle Duke, a fascinatingly multivalent sports fanatic, diplomatic officer, and friend of Duke University. Veronica was drawn to an oversize photo album that contained a meticulously curated assortment of photographs and newspaper clippings of a Cold War era publicity stunt. In 1966, a U.S. B-52 bomber collided with an air tanker over the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Spain. The bomber lost four hydrogen bombs, three of which landed in the tiny village of Palomares. Though the bombs did not detonate, the mishap quickly escalated into a major international incident. Ambassador Duke swam on several Spanish beaches in front of the press to dispel alarm of contamination." - Gray Kidd