Creating a World Without Nuclear Weapons

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

May 19-24, 2019

Nuclear Weapons

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

1400 16th St., NW, Ste. 120

Washington, DC


Application deadline extended to April 15, 2019. Apply now.




This seminar is part of a larger effort to empower a new generation of leaders to contribute to wider efforts to stop nuclear proliferation and further reduce, and ultimately eliminate, nuclear weapons.  


This one-week experience for rising college sophomores through graduating seniors will equip students with multidisciplinary knowledge about nonproliferation and disarmament, and will take full advantage of experiential learning opportunities alongside key arms control institutions and experts in Washington DC. Students will also learn about ways they can get involved on their campuses, as well as internship and career opportunities in the field. 


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 both 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

Experts on nonproliferation and nuclear disarmament will lead sessions throughout the week. Specialists include:

Kelsey Davenport

Kelsey Davenport, Director for Nonproliferation Policy, Arms Control Association

Kelsey provides research and analysis on the nuclear and missile programs in Iran, North Korea, India, and Pakistan and on nuclear security issues. Her areas of expertise include nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear and missile programs in Iran and North Korea, and nuclear security. Kelsey also reports on developments in these areas for Arms Control Today and is the author of the P5+1 and Iran Nuclear Deal Alerts. She has been quoted in many publications, including Roll Call, the Washington PostThe New York TimesForeign PolicyAFPReuters, the Christian Science Monitor and The Guardian. She is a 2011 graduate of the Kroc Institute's Master's in International Peace Studies. 


James Goodby, Former Ambassador and U.S. Career Minister

Ambassador Goodby was a Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University from 1989 to 1999 and is now a professor emeritus. Selected for the US Foreign Service through competitive examinations in 1952, Goodby rose to the rank of career minister in the Senior Foreign Service and was given five presidential appointments to ambassadorial rank, including ambassador to Finland (1980–81). During his Foreign Service career he was involved as a negotiator or as a policy adviser in the creation of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the negotiation of the limited nuclear test ban treaty, START, the Conference on Disarmament in Europe, and cooperative threat reduction (the Nunn-Lugar program). Goodby is the author and editor of several books. 

Core faculty members for the seminar include: 

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 April 15, 2019 (deadline extended)


Apply here


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.


Attendees are free to make their own lodging arrangements. If desired, a block of rooms is reserved for participants at the Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House, and to reduce cost to participants, the Kroc Institute can pair up participants who would like to share a room. 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. 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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Questions? Contact Gerard Powers,