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


Location: Virtual Seminar via Zoom Meetings. Registration is required.

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This four day, 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. 

This seminar will provide an overview of the history, current controversies and future prospects for nuclear weapons policies. 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.

Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students that commit to attend the sessions, January 11 to 14, 2021. 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.

Drew Christiansen, S.J., Berkley Center, Georgetown University

George A. Lopez, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame

Maryann Cusimano Love, The Catholic University of America

Gerard Powers, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame 

Specialists (preliminary list):

Erin Connolly, Girl Security

Kelsey Davenport, Arms Control Association

Michael Desch, Notre Dame International Security Center

Lucas Koach, Office of International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Presentation by the Nuclear Threat Initiative

Hirokazu Miyazaki, Northwestern University

Monica Montgomery, Council for a Livable World

This event is hosted by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame, and co-sponsored by: Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown UniversityNotre Dame International Security CenterCatholic Peacebuilding NetworkInternational Federation of Catholic UniversitiesSheil Catholic Center at Northwestern UniversityOffice of International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

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