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Nuclear Weapons Event Ideas


Movies/Documentaries
Speakers List

Whether you're the leader of a Student Pugwash chapter or a student interested in organizing an event on nuclear weapons issues, you can benefit from the ideas below! Want to learn more about organizing Student Pugwash events on your campus?
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Movies

Dr. Strangelove: Fearful that the Russians are flouridating America's drinking water, General Jack D. Ripper unleashes a B-52 H-Bomb attack on the Soviets, and a frantic President and Joint Chiefs of Staff must somehow find a way to stop it. (Synopsis from Yahoo! Movies.)

Last Best Chance: Last Best Chance is a docudrama that shows the threat posed by vulnerable nuclear weapons and materials around the world and underscores what the stakes are. In the movie, al Qaeda operatives organize three separate operations aimed at getting nuclear weapons. The material is then fabricated into three crude nuclear weapons by small groups of trained terrorists, who have recruited bomb-making experts to help them manufacture their weapons. Governments around the world discover clues to the plot, but are unable to uncover the scheme before the weapons are en route to their destinations. The film clearly demonstrates that the hardest job for terrorists is gaining control of a nuclear weapon or material. Because the governments had failed to take sufficient action to secure or destroy the nuclear weapons material, they are helpless to prevent an attack. (Synopsis from the Nuclear Threat Initiative.)

Thirteen Days: As viewed through the eyes of a presidential aide, an inside look at the intense high stakes battle that raged within the U.S. government -- between the Kennedys, the CIA and the Pentagon -- as the world stood at the brink of nuclear war. (Synopsis from Yahoo! Movies.)


Documentaries

The Atomic Cafe: Atomic Cafe is a review of the atomic age and the beliefs held by Americans at the time… Along with these film clips are portions of Army training films and demonstration films concerning atomic testing. All of these clips are combined to show how little the experts knew about atomics at the time… [and] the extent propaganda was used to mollify the fears of the American public… (Synopsis from the Internet Movie Database.)

The Day After Trinity: Scientists and witnesses involved in the creation and testing of the first ever atomic bomb reflect on the Manhattan project and its fascinating leader, J. Robert Oppenheimer, who upon completion of his wonderful and horrible invention became a powerful spokesperson against the nuclear arms race. (Synopsis from the Internet Movie Database.)

Dirty Bomb: In this important film, NOVA goes beyond the alarming headlines to answer critical questions: How easy is it to make a dirty bomb, and how does it differ from a conventional nuclear bomb? What would happen if terrorists were to explode a dirty bomb in the middle of London or Washington, DC? How dangerous is the fallout from a dirty bomb? What are the long-term effects, and how well do we really understand them? And how can lives be saved if one explodes? (Synopsis from WGBH Boston.)

 

Suggested Speakers

Northeast

  • John Holdren
    Professor of Environmental Policy
    Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government
  • Michael Christ
    Executive Director
    International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War ( Boston)
  • Daryl Press
    Associate Professor of Political Science
    University of Pennsylvania

South

  • Sara Scott
    Leader of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Division
    Los Alamos National Lab (NM)
  • Anupam Srivastava
    Director of the Asia Program at the Center for International Trade and Security
    University of Georgia
  • Dmitriy Nikonov
    Senior Research Associate at the Center for International Trade and Security
    University of Georgia

Washington, D.C.

  • Thomas Lehrman
    Acting Director of the Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism
    U.S. State Department
  • John Newhouse
    Senior Fellow
    Center for Defense Information
  • Leonard Spector
    Deputy Director of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies
    Monterey Institute of International Studies, Washington, D.C. Office

West Coast

  • Jonathan Mercer
    Professor of Political Science
    University of Washington
  • Pavel Podvig
    Research Associate, Center for International Security and Cooperation
    Stanford University
  • William Potter
    Professor; Director of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies
    Monterey Institute of International Studies (CA)