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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 7:00pm

Elaine Scarry
Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value; Harvard University

James Walsh
Security Studies Program, MIT

Co-sponsored by MIT's Technology & Culture Forum and Massachusetts Peace Action

Held in honor of International Day for the Complete Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

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 it, she contends that nuclear weapons eliminate the citizenry and the legislature from the sphere of decision-making about war. Scarry shows how elements of the US Constitution can be used as tools to abolish nuclear weapons.

Jim Walsh is a Research Associate in MIT’s Security Studies Program. He is an expert in international security and has been to both Iran and North Korea to discuss nuclear issues. He has testified in Congress and written many articles and books about nuclear weapons. He will talk about his recent meeting with Iran’s President Rouhani, the current situation of the nuclear weapons states, and the challenges and opportunities facing disarmament.

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Ron Simpson-Bey of AFSC's Michigan Criminal Justice Program discusses the Good Neighbor Project, which applies restorative justice practices in a one-on-one co-mentorship between inmates and community volunteers. Ron presented at the Washtenaw County Dispute Resolution Center on December 3, 2014.

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In 2014, AFSC held the first St. Louis Freedom School and formed a chapter of Youth Undoing Institutional Racism. These programs, based on the model of AFSC’s Seattle program, build an analysis of how poverty and violence in St. Louis relate to a history of structural and institutional racism. As these programs grow, participants will implement projects that challenge racism nonviolently. 

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On July 22, 2014, T.J. Spytma was released from prison in Michigan after serving 40 years. Four days later, in this four-minute video, T.J. describes the parole process in Michigan and why AFSC's Parole Readiness Workshops are so important. His remarks were addressed to AFSC's Midwest Regional Executive Committee meeting at Quaker House in Ann Arbor.

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“Whose budget is it anyway?” was released in 1982.

Produced by AFSC’s National Action/Research on the Military Industrial Complex (NARMIC) and the Coalition for a New Foreign and Military Policy, the film asked viewers to consider the U.S.’s national priorities.

Run time: 20 minutes

Narrated by: Ellie Buckley, Vinie Burrows, Lenny Stea

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“The Automated Air War” slideshow was released in 1972. It was the first slideshow of its kind, showing a new kind of war.

The slideshow was published in two forms: as a set of 140 35-mm slides and as a 140-frame filmstrip. Both were accompanied by a script and a packet of 140 footnotes that documented sources.

These documents are available in the AFSC Archives.


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“Acceptable Risk? The Nuclear Age in the United States” was published in 1980 to educate viewers about the hazards of nuclear technology. It features scientists, experts from government and military, and survivors of Hiroshima.

The slideshow was accompanied by two volumes of documentation, as well as a study/action guide that guides readers on how to research nuclear dangers in their own communities.

These documents are available in the AFSC Archives.

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