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Panel on Nuclear Disarmament

(via SMBC)

(via SMBC)

Tuesday, November 19th, 5:00pm-6:30pm
Roone Arledge Cinema, floor 2W
Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University

Event Description:
Ever since the atomic bomb proved itself of unprecedented destruction, it seems that we have been trying to turn back the clocks on nuclear weapons. Within a year of the first use of the atom bomb, the UN adopted a resolution that sought to control and even eliminate these weapons. In the more than half a century since then, the call for disarmament has grown. But let’s imagine for a moment, that we could wake up tomorrow and find the goal of disarmament achieved—not a single nuclear weapon left on earth. What would that world be like? Is a world without nuclear weapons anything more than a dream? In this panel, we bring together some of the brightest and most creative minds in diverse fields to discuss these questions.


Robert Jervis (Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1968) is the Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics and has been a member of the Columbia political science department since 1980. He has also held professorial appointments at the University of California at Los Angeles (1974-1980) and Harvard University (1968-1974). In 2000-2001, he served as President of the American Political Science Association. Professor Jervis is co-editor of the “Cornell Studies in Security Affairs,” a series published by Cornell University Press, and a member of numerous editorial review boards for scholarly journals. His publications include Perception and Misperception in International PoliticsThe Meaning of the Nuclear RevolutionSystem Effects: Complexity in Political and Social LifeAmerican Foreign Policy in a New Era, and Why Intelligence Fails: Lessons from the Fall of the Shah and Iraqi WMD, and several edited volumes and numerous articles in scholarly journals.

Richard Garwin received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1949 with Enrico Fermi at the University of Chicago. He has done important experiments in fundamental particle physics and condensed matter physics. He has contributed significantly to military and civil technology ranging from touch screens to laser printers to GPS navigation systems. His work in military and intelligence systems include the design of the first thermonuclear weapon test– the Mike device detonated November 1, 1952 with 11 megaton yield; innovations in offensive nuclear-armed missiles and defensive systems; improvements is submarine and anit-submarine warfare systems. He has contributed substantially to arms control agreements and to the technology and procedures for monitoring and verification, including nuclear explosion test bans, the Biological Weapons Convention, the ABM Treaty of 1972, and the limitations on offensive weapons. He chaired the State Department’s Arms Control and Nonproliferation Advisory Board– ACNAB– for the eight years of the administration of President Bill Clinton. From December 1952 to June 1993 he was a staff member and from 1966 an IBM Fellow in the IBM Research Division. He has been Professor of Public Policy at Harvard and Adjunct Professor of Physics at Columbia University.

Zach Weinersmith is a cartoonist and writer. In addition to a daily comic website, he has published 3 compilations of comics, 2 gamebook novels, 1 graphic novel, and 1 book of nerd insults, such as the somewhat relevant “You’re so scientifically illiterate… You think a nucleophile is someone who sleeps with bombs.” He also created The Festival of Bad Ad hoc Hypotheses. He has a BA in Literature and 3/8ths of a BS in physics, which averages out to 68.75% of a degree in sociology. He lives wherever his parasitologist wife, Kelly, has lately dragged him.

Randy Rydell is Senior Political Affairs Officer in the Office of Ms. Angela Kane, the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs at the United Nations. He joined the UN secretariat in 1998 and has served as Senior Counselor and Report Director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (Blix Commission) and Senior Fellow at the Arms Control Association in Washington, D.C. He has also served as Secretary of the Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters and as a Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. Prior to joining the UN, he worked for Senator John Glenn and assisted in the drafting and subsequent enactment of the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Act of 1994 and other legislation. He was an international political analyst at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He received a B.A. in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia (1973), an M.Sc. in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (1974), an M.A. in Political Science from Princeton University (1977), and a Ph. D. in Political Science from Princeton (1980). He is the recipient of the “Unsung Heroes” award, Center for Non-Proliferation Studies, Monterey Institute for International Studies, 2009.


Ivana Nikolic Hughes is a K1 Project faculty member. She is a Lecturer in Discipline in the Department of Chemistry at Columbia and serves as the Associate Director for Frontiers of Science, a science course required of all Columbia College freshmen. Ivana graduated from Caltech in 1999 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering (with Honors) and earned her PhD from Stanford University in 2005, working in the Department of Biochemistry as an American Heart Association Fellow. In her work through K1, Ivana combines an interest in global issues with her deep commitment to teaching and mentoring undergraduate students from different academic backgrounds on topics related to science.


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