A Nuclear Weapons Free World?
History, Recent Developments, and Future Prospects
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Harvard University • CGIS South Building • 1730 Cambridge St • Room S-050 • Cambridge
Elaine Scarry is the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University. Scarry is the author of eight books, most recently Thermonuclear Monarchy. In this book, she contends that nuclear weapons eliminate the citizenry and the legislature from the sphere of decision-making about war. She, therefore, believes that nuclear weapons are unconstitutional and a violation of the human social contract. She explains two provisions of the constitution that can be used by citizens to require the United States to disarm.
New Developments: The speakers will address the recently filed lawsuit by the Marshall Islands demanding that the 9 nuclear weapons states begin serious disarmament negotiations; the recent Nayarit conference and upcoming Vienna conference on the humanitarian effects of nuclear weapons; prospects for a negotiated Middle East WMD Free Zone; the results of the April 30-May 9 Preparatory Committee meeting of the Non-Proliferation Treaty; and the proposed Save Mother Earth/ Stop Militarism conference and protest at next year’s NPT Review Converence in New York.
Sponsors: Massachusetts Peace Action and Democratic Socialists of America. Contact: email@example.com, 617-354-2169
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