Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction February 28 - March 1, 2015

A unique, two-day symposium at which an international panel of leading experts in disarmament, political science, existential risk, artificial intelligence, anthropology, medicine, nuclear weapons and other nuclear issues sponsored by The Helen Caldicott Foundation.


Morning Session
9.15 – 9.30 Moderator Kennette Benedict - Cancelled
Executive Editor and Publisher Bulletin of Atomic Scientists – It’s 3 Minutes to Midnight.
9.35 – 9.55 Theodore Postol
Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology, and National Security Policy, MIT – Striving for Armageddon
10.00 – 10.20 Max Tegmark
Professor of Physics, MIT – Artificial Intelligence and the Risk of Accidental Nuclear War
10.25 – 10.45 Alan Robock
Distinguished Professor, Department Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University – Nuclear Famine and Nuclear Winter: Climatic Effects of Nuclear War, Catastrophic Threats to the Global Food Supply
10.50 – 11.20 Q&A
11.20 – 11:50 tea and coffee break
11.55 – 12.15 Steven Starr
Associate of Nuclear Age peace Foundation, Former Board Member and Senior Scientist for Physicians for Social Responsibility – An Unrecognized Catastrophic Extinction Event Waiting to Happen
12.20 – 12.40 Bruce Gagnon
Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space – The Ongoing and Dangerous Militarization of Space Nuclear War
12.45 – 1.05 Bill Hartung
Center for International Policy – Inordinate Power and Pathological Dynamics of the US Military Industrial Complex
1:05 – 1:30 Q&A
1:30 – 2:30 Lunch Break
Afternoon Session
2:40-3.00 Greg Mello
Los Alamos Study Group – The Role and Funding of the US Nuclear Weapons Labs
3.05 – 3.25 Seth Baum
Global Catastrophic Risk Institute – The Catastrophic Risk of Nuclear War
3.30 – 3.50 Bob Alvarez
Institute Of Policy Studies – Lateral Proliferation Could Trigger a Nuclear Holocaust
3.55 – 4.15 Robert Parry
Investigative Journalist, Consortium News – Ukraine and the Human Factor : How propaganda and passions can risk nuclear conflagration.
4.15 – 4.45 Q&A
DAY TWO: Sunday, March 1
Morning Session
9.00 – 9.15am Opening by Moderator Ray Acheson
Director of Reaching Critical Will – Report on Vienna conference
9.20 – 9.40 Holly Barker
Department of Anthropology, University of Washington – Medical, Teratogenic and Genetic Pathology Related to US Nuclear Testing in the Marshall Islands
9.45 – 10.05 Hans Kristensen
Federation of American Scientists – The Status and Trends of the World’s Nuclear Arsenals
10.10 – 10.30 John Feffer
Institute of Policy Studies – Comparison of Spending on US Military Industrial Complex and Prevention of Global Warming
10.35 – 11.05 Q&A
11.05 – 11.35 Tea and Coffee Break
11.40– 12.00 Janne Nolan
Elliott School of International Affairs – Hooligans at the Gate: The Checkered History of Arms Control
12.05 – 12:25 Mike Lofgren
Former congressional staffer and author of Anatomy of the Deep State – The Merger of Corporations and the US Government as an Underlying Cause of the Current Nuclear Situation
12.30 – 12.50 Susi Snyder
(PAX, the Netherlands), Author of the 2013 & 2014 DON’T BANK ON THE BOMB reports – Don’t Bank on the Bomb.
12.55– 1:25 Q&A
1.30– 2.30 Lunch Break
Afternoon Session
2:35– 2.55 Alex Wellerstein
Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Stevens Institute of Technology – Personalizing the Bomb
3.00 – 3.20 Hugh Gusterson
Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, George Washington University will describe his anthropological research over many years studying the culture of nuclear weapons scientists at Livermore and Los Alamos Labs.
3.25 – 3.45 Robert Scheer
author of Star Warriors – The Madness Persists
3.50 – 4.10 Noam Chomsky
Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics MIT – A Pathology That Could Yield to Catastrophe if Not Cured
4.15 – 4.45 Q&A
4.45 – 4.15 Tea and Coffee Break
5.20 – 5.40 David Krieger
President Nuclear Age Peace Foundation –Nuclear Zero Lawsuits Brought By the Marshall Islands Against the Nine Nuclear Nations
5.45 – 6.05 Tim Wright
Campaign Director International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ICAN – Some New and Exciting Solutions
6.10 – 6.30 Dr. Helen Caldicott
President The Helen Caldicott Foundation– While There’s Life There’s Hope

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