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Nonviolent Campaigning for Nuclear Disarmament

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

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Joseph Gerson
American Friends Service Committee

Date: Thursday, January 30
Time: 12:00-1:15 PM
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road


Abstract: Since joining the American Friends Service Committee in 1976, Joseph Gerson has collaborated with Hiroshima-based organizations of bomb sufferers and peace activists to promote movement toward nuclear disarmament. Informed by his Jewish heritage and involvement in the Civil Rights and Vietnam-era peace movements, he will discuss the connection between peace and nuclear nonproliferation as well as the moral dimensions of nuclear weapons abolition.

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Joseph Gerson is disarmament coordinator, director of programs in New England, and director of the Peace and Economic Security Program for the American Friends Service Committee. He serves on the board of the International Peace Bureau and the Abolition 2000 Global Council and works closely with Asian, Pacific, and European peace and disarmament movements. In September, Dr. Gerson gave one of two speeches on behalf of the world's disarmament NGO organizations during the United Nations High Level Meeting on Disarmament. His work focuses on U.S. foreign and military policies, particularly challenging U.S. hegemony in the Asia-Pacific, preventing nuclear war, and achieving nuclear weapons abolition and the withdrawal of foreign military bases. His scholarly work includes the publication of four books, most recently Empire and the Bomb: How the U.S. Uses Nuclear Weapons to Dominate the World, as well as numerous articles. He has taught at Regis College, College of the Holy Cross, and Tufts University. He received a B.S. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a Ph.D. in Politics and International Security Studies from the Union Institute and University.

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Iran suspended its most sensitive nuclear development work Monday, and many world powers responded by lifting sanctions. On January 30, 2014, Joseph Gerson of the American Friends Service Committee will speak at the Boisi Center on nuclear disarmament through nonviolent efforts.


Japan's plan to sign a nuclear energy agreement with Turkey has prompted concerns about possible nuclear weapons proliferation. On January 30, 2014, Joseph Gerson of the American Friends Service Committee will be speaking at the Boisi Center on the ramifications of such proliferation and efforts by the peace movement to campaign for nuclear disarmament.