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Creating a World Free of Nuclear Weapons: Developing the Next Generation of Specialists and Activists of the Catholic Community

January 11 to 14, 2021

Creating a World Free of Nuclear Weapons:
Developing the Next Generation of Specialists and Activists of the Catholic Community

January 11 to 14, 2021
7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST (U.S.)

Virtual Event

Sponsors:
● Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame
● Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University
● Catholic Peacebuilding Network
● International Federation of Catholic Universities
● Office of International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
● Notre Dame International Security Center
● Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University
● The Project on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament

Purpose: This four evening, eight session seminar is part of a larger project to revitalize and strengthen the voice of the Catholic community in the United States and beyond in the debate on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. The project aims to empower a new generation of Catholics – Church leaders, scholars, and students – to contribute to wider efforts to further reduce and ultimately eliminate nuclear weapons.

Participants must be undergraduate or graduate students that commit to attend the sessions, January 11 to 14, 2021. Participants that complete all sessions will receive a certificate of completion. The seminar aims to increase the capacity of participants in their cross-disciplinary knowledge base and in ethical arguments for nonproliferation and disarmament. It will also introduce them to key arms control institutions in Washington.

Method: This seminar will provide an overview of the history, current controversies and future prospects for nuclear weapons policies from a Catholic perspective. Particular attention will be given to the challenges posed by nuclear weapons modernization programs, the demise of key arms control agreements, the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and the evolving Catholic position on nuclear deterrence and disarmament. The seminar will feature scholars and practitioners who specialize in the ethical and policy dimensions of nuclear weapons. Hands-on exercises, discussions, and application will be an integral part of the program.

Facilitators:
Drew Christiansen, S.J., Berkley Center, Georgetown University
George A. Lopez, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
Maryann Cusimano Love, The Catholic University of America
Gerard Powers, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
Specialists (preliminary list):
Kelsey Davenport, Arms Control Association
Erin Connolly, Girl Security
Prof. Michael Desch, Notre Dame International Security Center
Lucas Koach, Office of International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
James McKeon and Erin Dumbacher, Nuclear Threat Initiative
Hirokazu Miyazaki, Northwestern University
Monica Montgomery, Council for a Livable World
Registration for the virtual event is required. Please register => here.


Preliminary Schedule**
All Times are EST (U.S.)

Monday January 11

7:30 pm Welcome
7:45 pm Session 1: The Nuclear Predicament: Overview
George A. Lopez
8:45 pm Break
8:55 pm Session 2: The Future Present: Nuclear Modernization; “Rogue” States, Terrorists and Other Threats; Prospects for Disarmament
Maryann Cusimano Love and George A. Lopez
10:00 pm Adjourn

Tuesday January 12

7:30 pm Session 3: Virtual Visit to the Nuclear Threat Initiative
Hosted by: Erin Dumbacher and James McKeon
8:30 pm Break
8:40 pm Session 4: Ethical Dimensions - Student Discussions
George A. Lopez
9:45 pm Adjourn

Wednesday, January 13

7:30 pm Session 5: Ethical Perspectives: From Hiroshima to Pope Francis
Drew Christiansen, S.J., Michael Desch, moderated by: Gerard Powers
8:30pm Break
8:40pm Session 6: Can Churches Make a Difference?
Lucas Koach, Maryann Cusimano Love and Hirokazu Miyazaki
9:45 pm Adjourn

Thursday, January 14

7:30 pm Session 7: Virtual visit to the Arms Control Association
Hosted by Kelsey Davenport
8:30 pm Break
8:40 pm Session 8: Careers in Arms Control & Disarmament,
Monica Montgomery and Erin Connolly
9:40 pm Concluding Remarks - George A. Lopez, certificates of completion
10:00 pm Adjourn

**Please note that this is a preliminary schedule - sessions and speakers are subject to change.

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