Creating a World Without Nuclear Weapons

A Four Day Seminar Focused on Developing the Next Generation of Nonproliferation Specialists and Activists

January 11-14, 2021
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm, EST US

Tmm Main ImagePhoto credit: Chuck Penson, Titan Missle Museum



Virtual Seminar via Zoom Meetings. Registration is required.



This four day, eight session 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 seminar will provide an overview of the history, current controversies and future prospects for nuclear weapons policies. Particular attention will be given to the challenges posed by nuclear weapons modernization programs, the demise of key arms control agreements, the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and the evolving Catholic position on nuclear deterrence and disarmament. The seminar will feature scholars and practitioners who specialize in the ethical and policy dimensions of nuclear weapons.

Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students that commit to attend the sessions, January 11 to 14, 2021. The seminar aims to increase the capacity of participants in their cross-disciplinary knowledge base and in ethical 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 event is hosted by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame, and co-sponsored by: Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown UniversityNotre Dame International Security CenterCatholic Peacebuilding NetworkInternational Federation of Catholic UniversitiesSheil Catholic Center at Northwestern UniversityOffice of International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops






This intense academic and praxis seminar 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.



Specialists (preliminary list):

Guest Speakers and Specialists

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