Creating a World Without Nuclear Weapons
A Week-Long Seminar Focused on Developing the Next Generation of Nonproliferation Specialists and Activists
May 25-29, 2020
Photo credit: Chuck Penson, Titan Missle Museum
Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs Washington Office
1400 16th St., NW, Ste. 120
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.
2019 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 Center, Office 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:
- Professor George Lopez, University of Notre Dame, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
- Professor Gerard Powers, University of Notre Dame, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
- Professor Drew Christiansen, SJ, Georgetown University, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs
- Professor Maryann Cusimano Love, The Catholic University of America
- Professor David Cortright, University of Notre Dame, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
- Professor Michael C. Desch (invited), Director, Notre Dame International Security Center
- Professor Pierre Gueydier (invited), Université Catholique de l'Ouest (Angers, France)
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 cancelled beginning at 6pm 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.
Extended Deadline for submission is February 15, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the seminar is full. Notification of acceptances will begin on December 16, 2019.