Creating a World Without Nuclear Weapons

A Week-Long Seminar Focused on Developing the Next Generation of Specialists and Activists Within the Catholic Community


May 19-24, 2019

Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs Washington D.C. Office

1400 16th St., NW, Ste. 120

Washington, DC




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. This one-week experience for rising college sophomores through seniors 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 DC.


The seminar is co-sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University, and the Catholic Peacebuilding Network. 




This seminar is an intense academic and praxis week which aims to provide a comprehensive view of the history and current controversies surrounding nuclear weapons and United States policy. Particular attention is devoted 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. The last full day of the seminar entails the policy futures exercise, “Imaging a World Without Nuclear Weapons." 


Facilitators and Specialists


The Core faculty for the institute will include the following:

These faculty will be joined by policy specialists from Washington DC arms control organizations. 


Application, Costs, and Requirements   


The Institute will be limited to 25 students. Applications are due by March 1, 2019.  Decisions will be conveyed to applicants by April 1, 2019.


Apply here beginning January 7, 2019. 


Applicants must currently be college freshman, sophomores, or juniors who commit to attend the entire institute. In addition, accepted applicants must:

  • Complete a pre-assessment form upon acceptance to the program
  • Participate in an online orientation conference call a month prior to the institute
  • Complete the readings provided in the resource book
  • Complete a post-program evaluation

Participants would be expected to pay for their own travel expenses and lodging. Most meals during the institute will be provided by the hosts.


A block of rooms is reserved for participants at the Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House. Participants can reserve a room at the special rate by referencing the Kroc Institute. The cost is $229 plus 14.95% tax per night for two queen beds. We will pair up participants who would like to share a room. Reservations must be made by April 19, 2019. Participants are welcome to find alternative housing.


Limited assistance might be available for those who need help with airfare and hotel expenses. Students are also encouraged to seek funding from their home institution.


All sessions during the day are 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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