Peace Activists, Nuclear War to be Topic of Tuesday Talk

November 5, 2009

Professor Lawrence Wittner, of the SUNY Albany history department, will speak at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10 in the Celebration Room of Shineman Chapel House on the Hartwick College campus. His presentation, titled "How Peace Activists Saved the World from Nuclear War," is free and open to the public.

In the decades following the atomic bombing of Japan, peace activists waged a worldwide campaign against nuclear weapons. Drawing upon substantial support from public opinion--and especially from scientists' groups, pacifists, unions, religious denominations, and social democratic parties--this campaign emerged as the largest grassroots social movement of modern times. As a result, it played a key role in curbing the nuclear arms race and preventing nuclear war. Today, as nuclear abolition has become a political issue once again, peace activists stand on the brink of securing a historic victory: a nuclear-free world.

Throughout his career, Wittner has researched and written on the history of U.S. foreign policy, international history, and the history of peace movements. In recent years, he has written about the impact of the worldwide nuclear disarmament movement upon nuclear weapons policies. Given these areas of expertise, he teaches courses dealing with the history of U.S. foreign policy, international history, and the history of U.S. social movements.

The talk is supported by the Hartwick College Philosophy and Political Science departments, as well as the Peace and Conflict Studies Program, and the FYS Mellon Group.

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