Call for Applications to Student Nuclear Disarmament Seminar in Washington D.C.


The Kroc Institute invites current undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to apply now to attend "Creating a World Without Nuclear Weapons," a week-long seminar in Washington D.C. this summer. Running from May 19 to 24, the seminar is focused on developing the next generation of arms control specialists and activists within the Catholic community. 

This seminar is part of an ongoing 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.

The seminar will blend academic input and praxis to present a comprehensive view of the history and current controversies surrounding nuclear weapons and United States policy. The experience 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 D.C. 

Core faculty for the seminar include: David Cortright, Director of Policy Studies and the Peace Accords Matrix Project, Kroc Institute; George A. Lopez, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies, Kroc Institute; Gerard F. Powers, Director of Catholic Peacebuilding Studies, Kroc Institute, and Coordinator of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network; Drew Christiansen, Senior Research Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University; and Maryann Cusimano Love, Associate Professor or International Relations, The Catholic University of America. 

The seminar is limited to 25 students. Applications are due by March 15, 2019, and decisions will be conveyed to applicants by April 1, 2019. 

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Questions? Contact Gerard Powers,

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.