Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 7:00pm
Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value; Harvard University
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.