the Caltech Y: Social Activism Speaker Series


 2017 Calendar

 Nov 11:

Erin Hartman: Polling in 2016

 Nov 3:

Michael Dello-Iacovo: Effective Altruism

 Oct 5:

Victor Reis: Connecting Nuclear Weapons with Climate Change

 June 7:

Carl Pabo: Helping Democracy Think

 May 12:

Robb Willer: Bridging the Divide

 Feb 17:

David Wright: Domestic Nuclear Weapsons Policy

 Feb 8:

Michael Nacht: International Nuclear Weapons Policy

 Jan 26:

Jennifer Musto: Trafficking & Technology



 2016 Calendar

 Dec 8:

France Cordova (NSF Director): Science Policy

 Oct 21:

Jonathan Katz: Voter ID Laws

 Oct 12:

Andy Wilson: Minimum Wage Panel

 May 23:

Miles Corwin: (Author: And Still We Rise)

 Apr 25:

Morgan Kousser: Supreme Court & the 2016 Election

 Jan 20:

David Baltimore: Genetic Engineering

 Jan 10:

Kathleen A. Doherty & Michael R. Nelson



 2015 Calendar

 Nov 17:USC Professor: David Cruz
 Oct 27:Space Entrepreneurship Panel
 Oct 19:Congressman Seth Moulton
 Oct 13:

Dean Joseph Shepherd

 Aug 18:Dr. Scott Pace
 May 18:

Pres. Reagan Science Advisor: Dr. Bill Graham

 Apr 7:

Lunch Series: Prof. David Goodstein

 Feb 26:

Former Black Panther: Hank Jones

 Feb 24:

Lunch Series: Prof. Pietro Perona

 Feb 23:

Civil Liberties Protection Officer: Alex Joel

 Jan 27:Journalist Betty Medsger
 Jan 7:

Ebola Crisis: Dr. Wendy Kohlhase

 


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Connecting Nuclear Weapons with Climate Change: Managing Eisenhower's "Fearful Atomic Dilemma"

Dr. Victor Reis
Former Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy



Thursday, October 5th, 2017
12:00PM to 1:30PM

Location: Beckman Institute Auditorium


In a recent New Yorker article, The Atomic Origins of Climate Science: How arguments about nuclear weapons shaped the debate over nuclear warming, Harvard Professor Jill Lepore suggests that the campaign to make known the threat of a nuclear winter destroyed the concept of nuclear deterrence, but the faulty models and rhetoric used ultimately undermined environmental science. Having been in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the early 1980's, Dr. Reis will review the then ongoing nuclear debate and suggest an alternate story to Lepore's involving the nuclear freeze movement and the Catholic Church.

There is a more fundamental connection between nuclear weapons and climate change mitigation, echoing Eisenhower's 1953 Atoms for Peace Speech to the United Nations. He will try to connect those dots into a coherent story.

Dr. Victor H. Reis retired on March 1, 2017 as Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy, where he worked on national security and nuclear energy issues for the Secretary of Energy and the Undersecretaries of Energy for National Security and Science. He has chaired and served on numerous government and laboratory advisory committees for the DoD, CIA, NASA, U.S. Strategic Command, NNSA, U.S. Navy and Los Alamos, Sandia, Argonne and Idaho National Labs.




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