Creating a World Free of Nuclear Weapons Virtual Multi-day Seminar

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Developing the Next Generation of Specialists & Activists of the Catholic Community

Seminar Dates: 
U.S.: Monday, January 11 to Thursday, January 14, 2021

U.S. - 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST (US)

Virtual Seminar - Registration is Closed

Seminar Program and Schedule
Program Reading List

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Day 1 Sessions 1 & 2 Day 2 Sessions 3 & 4 Day 3 Sessions 5 & 6 Day 4 Session 7 & 8

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. 

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. The seminar will also introduce participants to key arms control institutions in Washington. Participants that complete all sessions will earn a Certificate of Completion. 


Creating a World without Nuclear Weapons Seminar Facilitators
Seminar Facilitators

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

Gerard Powers, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame 

Maryann Cusimano Love, The Catholic University of America

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




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Michael Desch, Notre Dame International Security Center

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

Hirokazu Miyazaki, Northwestern University

Erin Dumbacher and James McKeon, Nuclear Threat Initiative

Kelsey Davenport, Arms Control Association

Monica Montgomery, Council for a Livable World

Erin Connolly, Girl Security

James McKeon and
Erin Dumbacher, Nuclear Threat Initiative






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 University
Catholic Peacebuilding Network
Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America
Office of International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Notre Dame International Security Center
International Federation of Catholic Universities
Saint Paul University
Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University
The Project on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament


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