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Overview

Overview

A five-day workshop into the problem of nuclear harm.

Sponsored by the 2016 O’Donnell Endowed Chair in Global Studies.

November 24-28, 2016, at Whitman College in the United States.

Programme

A five-day workshop into the problem of nuclear harm sponsored by the 2016 O’Donnell Endowed Chair in Global Studies.

A world empty of nuclear weapons eludes us. State-led progress on the road to nuclear abolition has historically been slow, in part because the politico-economic forces driving the modernisation programmes of nuclear weapons states continue unabated. What little hope there remains for achieving a nuclear-weapon- free world must therefore arise out of global civil society. For this, traditional approaches involving trust- and capacity-building initiatives would be enhanced by the alternative insights and understandings about the problem of nuclear harm that can only be derived from the humanities, and in particular environmental philosophy, dialogue, ethics, and the creative arts.

This O’Donnell Visiting Educators Program in the Nuclear Humanities—to be held September 24-28, 2016—enables participants to explore several such alternative pathways to nuclear disarmament, and to consider the possibility of creating one of their own. Geared towards students in the liberal arts the workshops are intended to supplement existing degree programmes in politics, philosophy, history, art, literature, economics, environmental humanities, religion, physics, film and media, gender, anthropology, non-Western thought, as well as race and ethnicity.

The program will take place over five days, with participation in the half-day field trip on Day 4 encouraged, but not expected. The session on Day 3 is open to the public, and commemorates the U.N. International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

Day 1: Charting old roads
13:30-17:00
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Maxey Building W42, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

Day 2: Exploring Alternative Pathways
13:30-17:00
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Maxey Building W42, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

Day 3: Commemorating Nuclear Fear
12:00-17:00 (open to the public)
Monday, September 26, 2016
Maxey Museum for Man and Nature, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

Day 4: Field philosophy at the Hanford B-reactor
06:00-13:30 (optional)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
B-Reactor Tour HQ, 2000 Logston Boulevard, Richland, WA

Day 5: Socialising the Nuclear Humanities
17:30-19:30 (food provided)
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Glover Alston Center, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA