“A Chain Reaction: Nuclear Weapons, Policy and People”
with Lt. Gen. Robert Gard, chairman of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
- Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Kansas Union, Alderson Auditorium, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence
- Cost: Free
- Age limit: All ages
Two national experts will address the role that nuclear weapons continues to play in international politics from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, at Alderson Auditorium in Kansas Union."A Chain Reaction: Nuclear Weapons, Policy and People" will feature Lt. Gen. Robert Gard, chairman of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, and Dr. Ira Helfand, co-founder of the national Physicians for Social Responsibility. They will present a brief history of U.S. nuclear weapons policy and current controversies surrounding nuclear weapons, including Iran. They also will touch on the potential humanitarian and environmental effects of a limited, regional nuclear war."The general public seems to have moved from nuclear bomb drills in schools in the 1960s to not really thinking about this problem much anymore, except maybe in relation to 'terrorism,' " said Thomas Heilke, associate vice provost for International Programs. "This panel will provide serious information to remind us that the danger of nuclear war has not disappeared. In fact, it may actually be greater than it was during the height of the Cold War."The event is sponsored by International Programs and co-sponsored by the departments of history, sociology and political science; the schools of law and journalism; Environmental Studies Program; Center for European Studies; International Studies Program; Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; the Peace and Conflict Studies Program.