Creating a World Without Nuclear Weapons

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

Tmm Main ImagePhoto credit: Chuck Penson, Titan Missle Museum



Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs Washington Office
1400 16th St., NW, Ste. 120
Washington, D.C.


Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2020, or until the program is full. 



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.  


In addition, accepted applicants must:

  • Complete a pre-assessment form upon acceptance to the program
  • Complete hotel registration and meet payment deadlines
  • Participate in an online orientation conference call a month prior to the institute
  • Complete the readings provided in the resource book (available by February 28, 2020)
  • Complete a post-program evaluation

Participants should expect to pay for their own travel expenses, lodging, and transportation costs to/from hotel and while in D.C. The host will provide welcome dinner on Monday evening and daily breakfast and lunch. Participants will be responsible for evening meals on their own.

Accommodations are double occupancy with two queen beds per room and two participants per room who will share the costs of accommodations. A block of rooms will be available at the Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House. Detailed instructions for hotel reservations and booking deadlines will be sent to participants upon notification of acceptance.

Per person cost for double occupancy room is $104.50 plus tax, per night (estimated total cost for accommodations per person are $418.00 plus taxes of approx. $62.50. Taxes subject to change). Hotel deposit is due by 02/28/2020 and final payment is due on or before 04/17/20. Arrival is scheduled for Monday, May 25 and departure should be scheduled after 2pm on Friday, May 29, 2020. Please note that reservations canceled beginning at 6 p.m. or after on May 25, 2020, will be charged a non-refundable, one-night penalty payable by the participant.

Participants are welcome to find alternative housing on their own. Limited assistance may be available for those who need help with airfare and hotel expenses. Students are also encouraged to seek funding from their home institution.

All day sessions will be held at the Washington DC offices of Notre Dame's Keough School of Global Affairs: 1400 16th Street NW, Ste. 120, Washington, DC.

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Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2020, or until the program is full. 

Questions? Contact Annie Ortega-Shyne at or Gerard Powers at