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Reducing the Dangers of Nuclear War
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Room 34-101
Cambridge, MA
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Reducing the Dangers of Nuclear War
8:45 am. Registration and Coffee            

9:15 am. Welcome from City of Cambridge: Mayor Denise Simmons

9:30 am. Program for the Day: Prof. Jonathan King  (MIT, Mass. Peace Action)

9:45 am. Session I.  The Need for Nuclear Disarmament

Costs and Profits from Nuclear Weapons Manufacture  William Hartung (Center for International Policy)  
Reasons to Reject the Trillion Dollar Nuclear Weapons Escalation- Joseph Cirincione (Ploughshares Fund)
Nuclear Weapons Undermine Democracy  Prof. Elaine Scarry (Harvard University)
10:45 am. II. Destabilizing Factors

Chair: Hon. John Tierney (former US Representative, Council for a Livable World)

Dangers of Hair Trigger Alert  Lisbeth Gronlund (Union of Concerned Scientists).
Nuclear Modernization vs. National Security  Prof. Aron Bernstein (MIT, Council for a Livable World)
Accidents and Unexpected events  Prof. Max Tegmark (MIT, Future of Life Institute)
12:00 pm. Lunch Workshops (Listed below)

2:00 pm.  Session III. Economic and Social Consequences of Excessive Weapons Spending

Chair: Prof. Melissa Nobles (MIT):

Build Housing Not Bombs  Rev. Paul Robeson Ford (Union Baptist Church)
Education as a National Priority  Barbara Madeloni (Mass. Teachers Association)  
Invest in Minds Not Missiles  Prof. Jonathan King (MIT)
Build Subways Not Submarines  Fred Salvucci (former Mass. Secretary of Transportation)
3:00 pm. Session IV. Current Prospects for Progress

Chair: Hon. John Tierney (former US Representative, Council for a Livable World)

Congressional Steps Toward Nuclear Disarmament  U. S.  Representative Barbara Lee
Maintaining the Iran Nuclear Agreement  Ernest Moniz, CEO, Nuclear Threat Initiative; former U.S. Secretary of Energy
4:15 pm.  Session V: Organizing to Reduce the Dangers

Chair: Jim Anderson (Peace Action New York State);  

Divesting from Nuclear Weapons Investments  Susi Snyder (Dont Bank on the Bomb)
Taxpayers Information and Transparency Acts  State Reps. Denise Provost/Mike Connolly
Mobilizing the Scientific Community  Prof. Max Tegmark (MIT)
A National Nuclear Disarmament Organizing Network 2017 -2018  Program Committee.
5:00 pm. Adjourn.

Conference Workshops (12:00  2:00 pm):

a) Campus Organizing  Chair: Kate Alexander (Peace Action, NY State); Caitlin Forbes (Mass. Peace Action); Remy Pontes (Brandeis Peace Action); Haleigh Conway-Cunningham (Peace Action Chapter at Tufts), Lucas Perry (Dont Bank on the Bomb, Future of Life Institute); Luisa Kenausis (MIT Nuclear Weapons Matter).

b) Bringing nuclear weapons into physics and history course curricula  Chair: Frank Davis (past President of TERC); Gary Goldstein (Tufts University); Prof. Aron Bernstein (MIT); Prof. Vincent Intondi (Montgomery College); Ray Matsumiya (Oleander/Hiroshima Peace Initiative).

c) Dangerous Conflicts  Chair, Erica Fein (WAND); Jim Walsh (MIT); John Tierney (former US Representative, Council for a Livable World); Subrata Ghoshroy (MIT).

d) Municipal and State Initiatives  Chair Cole Harrison (Mass. Peace Action): Denise Provost (Mass State Legislature); Councilor Dennis Carlone (Cambridge City Council); Rev. Bob Moore (Coalition for Peace Action, NJ); Jared Hicks (Our Revolution Massachusetts); Prof. Ceasar McDowell (MIT Urban Studies).

e) Peace with Justice: Peoples Budget and Related Campaigns to Shift Federal budget Priorities  Chair, Andrea Miller (People Demanding Action); Mike Connolly (Mass State Legislature); Paul Shannon (AFSC); Madelyn Hoffman (NJPA); Richard Krushnic (Mass Peoples Budget Campaign); Arnie Alpert (New Hampshire AFSC).

f) Reducing Nuclear Weapons through Treaties and Negotiation  Chair, Nazli Choucri (MIT), Kevin Martin (national Peace Action), Shelagh Foreman (Mass. Peace Action); Michel DeGraff (MIT Haiti Project).

g) Strengthening the Connection between Averting Climate Change and Averting Nuclear War  Chair, Frank Von Hippel (Princeton University); Rosalie Anders (Mass. Peace Action); JosuĂ© Lopez (Fossil Free MIT).

h) Working with Communities of Faith  Chair, Thea Keith-Lucas (MIT Radius); Rev. Herb Taylor (Harvard Epworth Methodist Church); Pat Ferrone (Pax Christi Massachusetts); Rev. Paul Robeson Ford (Union Baptist Church).


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Room 34-101 (View)
50 Vassar St
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States


Education > Conventions
Education > Workshops
Other > Political

Minimum Age: 14
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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