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Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction l February 28-March 1, 2015 at The New York Academy of Medicine

Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction l February 28-March 1, 2015 at The New York Academy of Medicine

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Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction – February 28-March 1, 2015 at The New York Academy of Medicine

A unique, two-day symposium at which an international panel of leading experts in disarmament, political science, existential risk, artificial intelligence, anthropology, medicine, nuclear weapons and other nuclear issues will be held at The New York Academy of Medicine on Feb 28- March 1, 2015. The public is welcome.
A project of The Helen Caldicott Foundation

Venue: The New York Academy of Medicine. 1216 Fifth Ave @ 103rd St. NY, NY 10029

THE EVENT LIVESTREAM IS ARCHIVED at: http://totalwebcasting.com/live/hcf

 

The Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction.
Russia and the U.S. possess 94% of the 16,400 nuclear weapons in the global nuclear arsenal. The U.S. maintains its first strike winnable nuclear war policy, and both countries have raised their nuclear arsenals to a higher state of alert because of the situation in the Ukraine. Furthermore it has just been announced that the administration has plans to replace every nuclear warhead and their delivery systems via ship, submarine, missile and plane, at a cost of one trillion dollars over the next thirty years.

This symposium to be held by The Helen Caldicott Foundation will address the following issues:
. What are the human and technological factors that could precipitate a nuclear war between Russia and the U.S., how many times have we come close to nuclear war and how long will our luck hold?
. What are the ongoing technological and financial developments relevant to the nuclear weapons arsenals of the US and Russia?
. What problems are associated with lateral proliferation of nuclear weapons via strenuous corporate marketing of nuclear technology?
. What are the medical and environmental consequences of either a small or large scale nuclear war?
. What are the underlying philosophical, political, and ideological dynamics that have brought life on earth to the brink of extinction?
. How can we assess this situation from an anthropological perspective?
. What is the pathology within the present political situation that could lead us to extinction?
. How can this nuclear pathology be cured?

Moderated by:
Day One: Kennette Benedict, Executive Director and Publisher, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Day Two: Ray Acheson, Director, Reaching Critical Will

The Presenters (confirmed speakers, this is not the speaking order):

Theodore A Postol-
Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology, and National Security Policy, 
MIT. Striving for Armageddon. The US nuclear force modernization program, rising tensions with Russia, and the increasing danger of a world nuclear catastrophe
Seth Baum– Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, will address the catastrophic risk of nuclear war
Max Tegmark – Professor of physics at MIT and author of “Our Mathematical Universe,” will discuss artificial intelligence and the risk of accidental nuclear war.
Hans Kristensen – Federation of American Scientists, will address the current size of the global nuclear arsenals
Bill Hartung– Center for International Policy, will discuss the inordinate power and pathological dynamics exercised by the US military industrial complex
Greg Mello -Los Alamos Study Group, the role and funding of the nuclear weapons laboratories inherent within the US nuclear armament dilemma
John Feffer – Institute of Policy Studies will compare the money spent on the US military industrial complex compared with the paltry amount spent on the prevention of global warming
Alex Wellerstein– Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Stevens Institute of Technology – NukeMap, Personalizing the Bomb- what this means for young people today.

Bruce Gagnon – Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, will elucidate the ongoing and dangerous militarization of space

Bob Alvarez – Institute of Policy Studies, will discuss lateral proliferation and describe how a small nuclear exchange could trigger a global holocaust.

Robert Parry – Investigative Journalist, Consortium News. Will discuss Ukraine and the Human Factor: How propaganda and passions can risk nuclear conflagration.
Steven Starr– Associate of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, a board member and senior scientist for Physicians for Social Responsibility. Nuclear War: An Unrecognized Mass Extinction Event Waiting to Happen.
Holly Barker – Department of Anthropology, University of Washington, Medical, Teratogenic and Genetic pathology related to US nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands.
Alan Robock – Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Environmental Sciences. Rutgers University, will outline his pioneering work on Nuclear Famine and Nuclear Winter.
Janne Nolan – Elliott School of International Affairs –  Hooligans at the Gate: The Checkered History of Arms Control
Mike Lofgren – former congressional staffer and author of Anatomy of the Deep State, will describe the merger of corporations and the US government as an underlying cause of the current  nuclear situation
Susi Snyder– (PAX, the Netherlands), Author of the 2013 & 2014 DON’T BANK ON THE BOMB reports
Hugh Gusterson – Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, George Washington University will describe his anthropological research over many years studying the culture of nuclear weapons scientists at Livermore and Los Alamos.
Robert Sheer – author of STAR WARRIORS will describe how years after his research into the young men who work on nuclear weapons development at Lawrence Livermore Labs “The Madness Persists.
Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics, MIT will present the pathology within the present political system that could lead to catastrophic results if not cured
Dave Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation on what can we do? How the Marshall Islanders are speaking truth to power. The Nuclear Zero Lawsuits Brought by the Marshall Islands Against the 9 Nuclear Nations.
Tim Wright – Campaign Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) – some potential and exciting solutions
Helen Caldicott – President of The Helen Caldicott Foundation – An urgent prescription for survival

 

 

EVENT Schedule 

DAY ONE: Saturday, February 28

Morning Session

9am Opening Remarks- to be announced

9.15 – 9.30 Moderator Kennette Benedict – Executive Editor and Publisher Bulletin of Atomic Scientists – It’s 3 Minutes to Midnight.

9.35 – 9.55  Theodore Postol – Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology, and National Security Policy, MIT – Striving for Armageddon

10.00 – 10.20  Max Tegmark – Professor of Physics, MIT – Artificial Intelligence and the Risk of Accidental Nuclear War

10.25 – 10.45  Alan Robock – Distinguished Professor, Department Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University – Nuclear Famine and Nuclear Winter: Climatic Effects of Nuclear War, Catastrophic Threats to the Global Food Supply

10.50 – 11.20 Q&A

11.20 – 11:50 tea and coffee

11.55 – 12.15   Steven Starr – Associate of Nuclear Age peace Foundation,  Former Board Member and Senior Scientist for Physicians for Social Responsibility – Nuclear War: An unrecognized mass extinction event waiting to happen.

12.20 – 12.40 Bruce Gagnon – Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space – The Ongoing and Dangerous Militarization of Space Nuclear War

12.45 – 1.05   Bill Hartung – Center for International Policy – Inordinate Power and Pathological Dynamics of the US Military Industrial Complex

1:05 – 1:30 Q&A

1:30 – 2:30 Lunch

Afternoon Session

2:40-3.00   Greg Mello – Los Alamos Study Group – The Role and Funding of the US Nuclear Weapons Labs

3.05 – 3.25   Seth Baum – Global Catastrophic Risk Institute – The Catastrophic Risk of Nuclear War

3.30 – 3.50   Bob Alvarez – Institute Of Policy Studies – Lateral Proliferation Could Trigger a Nuclear Holocaust

3.55 – 4.15   Robert Parry – Investigative Journalist, Consortium News – Ukraine and the Human Factor : How propaganda and passions can risk nuclear conflagration.

4.15 – 4.45 – Q&A 

4.45 – 5.15 tea and coffee

5.00- 7.15  Film – On The Beach

 

DAY TWO: Sunday, March 1

Morning Session

9.00 – 9.15am  Opening by Moderator Ray Acheson – Director of Reaching Critical Will – Report on Vienna conference

9.20 – 9.40  Holly Barker – Department of Anthropology, University of Washington – Medical, Teratogenic and Genetic Pathology Related to US Nuclear Testing in the Marshall Islands

9.45 – 10.05  Hans Kristensen, Federation of American Scientists – The Status and Trends of the World’s Nuclear Arsenals

10.10 – 10.30  John Feffer – Institute of Policy Studies – Comparison of Spending on US Military Industrial Complex and Prevention of Global Warming

10.35 – 11.05 – Q&A 

11.05 – 11.35   Tea and coffee

11.40– 12.00 Janne Nolan – Elliott School of International Affairs – Hooligans at the Gate: The Checkered History of Arms Control

12.05 – 12:25  Mike Lofgren – Former congressional staffer and author of Anatomy of the Deep State – The Merger of Corporations and the US Government as an Underlying Cause of the Current  Nuclear Situation

12.30 – 12.50 Susi Snyder– (PAX, the Netherlands), Author of the 2013 & 2014 DON’T BANK ON THE BOMB reports – Don’t Bank on the Bomb.

12.55– 1:25 – Q&A 

1.30– 2.30 – Lunch

 

Afternoon Session

2:35– 2.55  Alex Wellerstein– Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Stevens Institute of Technology – Personalizing the Bomb

3.00 – 3.20  Hugh Gusterson – Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, George Washington University will describe his anthropological research over many years studying the culture of nuclear weapons scientists at Livermore and Los Alamos Labs.

3.25 – 3.45  Robert Scheer – author of Star Warriors – The Madness Persists

3.50 – 4.10   Noam Chomsky – Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics MIT – A Pathology That Could Yield to Catastrophe if Not Cured

4.15 – 4.45   Q&A

4.45 – 5.15   Tea and Coffee

5.20 – 5.40  David Krieger – President Nuclear Age Peace Foundation –Nuclear Zero Lawsuits Brought By the Marshall Islands Against the Nine Nuclear Nations

5.45 – 6.05   Tim Wright – Campaign Director International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ICAN – Some New and Exciting Solutions

6.10 – 6.30  Dr. Helen Caldicott – President The Helen Caldicott Foundation– While There’s Life There’s Hope

 

20 Dec 2014 32 comments
  • kara j lincoln December 29, 2014 at 8:17 pm / Reply

    Please tell us how we can participate from afar? Will you have Ex; twitter hastag? so w/each speaker, comment can be made/questions asked?

    Also we invite all to take a review of some thoughts to trigger yours for we would like to define how best to act + stay informed as all take part;

    http://helencaldicottfoundation.org/symposium-the-dynamics-of-possible-nuclear-extinction-l-february-28-march-1-2015-at-the-new-york-academy-of-medicine/

    • Admin January 8, 2015 at 7:04 pm / Reply

      Hi Kara,

      The event will be live streamed and we’ll put the link up as soon as we have it.

  • kara j lincoln December 31, 2014 at 9:16 pm / Reply

    Hello Helen,
    Will you have any kind of live audio + than ability to email in questions or follow thru somehow?
    thank you, kara

    • Admin January 23, 2015 at 8:10 am / Reply

      It will be live streamed. Watch for the link. We will post it when we have it.

  • Nydia Leaf January 3, 2015 at 8:57 pm / Reply

    Please send me information on registration for the Symposium.
    Thank you.
    Nydia Leaf

  • Tim Seitz January 4, 2015 at 5:13 am / Reply

    How do I enroll so I can attend?
    tim

  • Lynda Williams January 5, 2015 at 10:41 pm / Reply

    Any opportunities for scholarships or housing available? thanks!

    • Admin January 23, 2015 at 8:09 am / Reply

      Hi Lynda,

      Sorry, but not at this time.

      Thanks for your interest. Hope to see you there.

  • David Dionisi January 7, 2015 at 1:42 am / Reply

    Hi Helen,

    The Teach Peace Foundation also works to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons. As the 70th anniversary of the first use of atomic bombs is this August, you may find the education that we offer very interesting.

    Please look at the new evidence, the result of many years of research, explaining the real reasons atomic bombs were used in 1945.

    I look forward to speaking with you. My phone number is 530-554-7061.

    Sincerely, David Dionisi, President of the Teach Peace Foundation

  • Jeffrey W. Mason January 7, 2015 at 8:37 pm / Reply

    A most appropriate event as we approach the 70th anniversary of the Nuclear Age. Showing the film ON THE BEACH to end the first day’s program represents a seminal Hollywood perspective on a deadly serious topic but DOCTOR STRANGELOVE might have been better. “50 Years On “Dr. Strangelove” Remains a Must-See Message Film and a Humorous Reminder of Our Civilization’s Fragility.” See my published article on this subject in the Winter 2014 edition of the Federation of American Scientists’ “Public Interest Report.
    “Fifty-one years ago, this January 30th, “Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the Bomb,” a seminal political-military satire and dark comedic film, premiered.
    Peter George’s novel Red Alert, morphed by humorist/screenwriter Terry Southern, gave us some of the most stupidifyingly funny and simultaneously satirical dialog in the history of the silver screen. For example, Peter Sellers’ “Gentleman, you cannot fight in here. This is the War Room.”
    Amazingly, director/producer Stanley Kubrick, who also crafted films as diverse as “Lolita,” “Paths of Glory,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and “Full Metal Jacket,” produced a masterpiece that not only entertained viewers but turned out to be incredibly predictive about U.S.-Soviet Cold War nuclear policies, strategies, and outcomes.”
    BEST OF LUCK TO ALL THE PARTICIPANTS AND GUESTS AT THE CONFERENCE AND TO DR. CALDICOTT!
    Best regards, Jeffrey W. Mason of Washington, DC (see LinkedIn.com for my profile).

  • Harry Cohen January 16, 2015 at 6:25 am / Reply

    Congrats to you Helen for organizing this very important meeting.You never give up.For those unable to get there will you be publishing the procedings?
    harry

    • Admin January 23, 2015 at 8:06 am / Reply

      Hi Harry,

      The event will be live streamed. Watch the event info page for the link. We will post it when we have it. And The New Press will be publishing a book of the proceedings.

  • samantha January 19, 2015 at 9:58 pm / Reply

    Hello,
    I am unable to attend Saturday but I can attend Sunday. Is there an option to attend one day of the two day symposium? Also, I am a graduate student. Can I pre-register and pay online for the student price?
    Thank you!
    Sincerely,
    Samantha

    • Admin January 23, 2015 at 8:04 am / Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      You would have to pay cash, half of the full event price, at the venue (there’s no bank machine there so come prepared) and there would be no food option as that’s only for pre-paid ticket holders because of Academy restrictions.

      Hope to see you there!

  • Lillia Frantin and Herb Edwards January 22, 2015 at 3:21 pm / Reply

    With deepest thanks to Dr Caldicott for organizing this event! This will be the important introduction to 2015 as the year to SHUT DOWN PILGRIM NUCLEAR located on Cape Cod Bay….as well as the critically urgent effort to shut down all nuclear power in this country and abroad. Dr Caldicott has dedicated her life to protecting the lives of our children, grandchildren and the future of our planet as a safe and inhabitable place in which to live and build a healthy and human-centered society based, NOT ON PROFIT, but on the needs and well-being of PEOPLE. Her work in organizing this ‘global anti-nuclear summit’ will serve as a landmark and we send our best wishes. Along with thousands of others who cannot attend in person, we look forward to live streaming this historic event in the Century To Build A Green and Human-Centered Planet.
    PeopleForANewSociety

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  • Patrick McCormack February 19, 2015 at 10:51 pm / Reply

    I am really only interested in attending one day, the second day. What would I wind up paying if I show up at the door the second day?

    • Admin February 21, 2015 at 6:24 am / Reply

      Hi Patrick,

      You would have to pay $30 in cash at the door to attend the second day only.

      Thanks for your interest.

  • harvey wasserman February 20, 2015 at 8:36 pm / Reply

    we’ve posted an article & link about this great conference:

    http://ecowatch.com/2015/02/20/helen-caldicotts-nuclear-free-planet/

    • Admin February 21, 2015 at 6:16 am / Reply

      Thanks!

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  • kara j lincoln March 2, 2015 at 7:20 pm / Reply

    Thank you all! We will do our best to follow up w/your work!

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