CANCELED: Creating a World Without Nuclear Weapons Summer Seminar

Location: Keough School Washington Office, 1400 16th Street NW, Suite 120, Washington, DC, 20036

Tmm Main Image Photo credit: Chuck Penson, Titan Missle Museum

Due to the escalation of COVID-19 globally, the University of Notre Dame has made the decision to prohibit all University-reimbursed international travel for students, faculty, and staff for summer 2020 and until further notice. In line with this directive, the 2020 Creating a World Without Nuclear Weapons Summer Seminar has been postponed.

We will post more information about the rescheduled seminar on this webpage as it becomes available. If you have already been accepted into the 2020 seminar, our staff will be in touch with you soon about these developments. If you wish to attend the seminar at a future date, you will not have to go through the application process again.

A Week-Long Seminar Focused on Developing the Next Generation of Nonproliferation Specialists and Activists

May 25-29, 2020

Application deadline is February 15, 2020. 



This week-long 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. Applicants must be rising college sophomores through graduating seniors, and select graduate students, that commit to attend the entire institute, May 25-29, 2020. The seminar aims to increase the capacity of participants in their cross-disciplinary knowledge base and in the ethical foundation of arguments for nonproliferation and disarmament. It will also introduce them to key arms control institutions in Washington.

Nti Pic2019 seminar participants at the Nuclear Threat Initiative headquarters

This Project is co-sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University, the International Federation of Catholic Universities, the Notre Dame International Security CenterOffice of International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Catholic Peacebuilding Network 




This seminar is an intense academic and praxis week that aims to provide a comprehensive view of the history and current controversies surrounding global nuclear proliferation and US policy. Particular attention is given to the challenges of this current moment of nuclear weapons modernization and expansion, and to the evolving Catholic position on nuclear weapons and disarmament. Lecturers and other resource persons will be experts from academia and practice in the field of arms and security. Hands-on exercises, discussions, and application will be an integral part of the program.


Core faculty members for the seminar include: 

Our faculty will be joined by policy specialists and experts on nonproliferation and nuclear disarmament from Washington, D.C., arms control organizations. Specific speakers will be announced at a later date. 


Application, Costs, and Requirements   


The Institute will be limited to 25 students. Applicants must be rising college sophomores through graduating seniors, or graduate students, that commit to attend the entire institute, May 25-29, 2020.  


Click here to learn more about the seminar and how to apply.