Student Movement for Nuclear Disarmament Conference

Date: 11.17.2012

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Pauling Hall 216

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 Join us at the SMND 2012 Nuclear Disarmament Conference - Free admission, open to all interested! 

About SMND
Student Movement for Nuclear Disarmament (SMND) is a student club at Soka University of America that was formed in February 2012. The purpose of our club is to stimulate dialogue, educate, and raise awareness amongst students about nuclear weapons, whilst working towards global nuclear disarmament. This is our first conference, something we hope to make an annual event on campus.

We meet in the Gameroom every Monday night at 7PM. We talk about nuclear weapons and organize events in line with our mission. Please feel free to join us when you can and email with any questions.

(speakers pictured left to right:  Rick Wayman, Marylia Kelley, Jimmy Hara, Barry Blechman, Paul Chappell)

Rick Wayman, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
He joined the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation as Director of Programs and Operations in 2007. Rick came to the Foundation from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in London, England, where he worked as Press & Communications Officer during the intense campaign to prevent the replacement of Trident, the UK's nuclear weapons system. He has a Bachelor's degree in International Business from Marquette University and a Master's degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from the School for International Training.

Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities against a radioactive environment)
She is Executive Director of Tri-Valley CAREs, Livermore, California. Her work for 25 years with the group has centered on U.S. nuclear weapons policies, programs and environmental impacts, with a special focus on the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She has testified before numerous deliberative and advisory bodies, including the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Congress. She is principal writer and editor of Citizen's Watch, and has written on nuclear weapons and bio-defense topics for a variety of political and technical publications, including the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. During her tenure at Tri-Valley CAREs, she has been involved in two dozen successful lawsuits under the National Environmental Policy Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act and the Freedom of Information Act.

Jimmy Hara, Physicians for Social Responsibility LA
Dr. Jimmy Hara has served on the PSR-LA Board of Directors since 1981, including service as Chapter President for 15 years and now Vice President. He has served on the National PSR Board as Pacific Regional Director and has been active with the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). He is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Residency Director Emeritus for the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Family Medicine Residency after having served 25 years as Residency Director.

Barry Blechman, Stimson Center
Dr. Barry M. Blechman is the co-founder of the Stimson Center, and a distinguished fellow focused on nuclear disarmament. Blechman has nearly 50 years of distinguished service in national security, in both the public and private sectors. He is an expert on political and military policies, military strategy, and defense budgets and industries. Blechman has worked in the Departments of State and Defense, and at the Office of Management and Budget. Blechman holds a PhD in international relations from Georgetown University, has taught at several universities, and has written extensively on national security issues.  In 2010, he co-chaired the Iran Study Group with Daniel Brumberg of the US Institute of Peace; the group’s report is called Engagement, Coercion, and Iran’s Nuclear Challenge.  Blechman’s recent publications include Elements of a Nuclear Disarmament Treaty and National Perspectives on Nuclear Disarmament.  Both volumes, which he co-edited with Alexander Bollfrass, were published by Stimson in 2010. 

Paul Chappell, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Paul K. Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002.  He served in the army for seven years, was deployed to Baghdad in 2006, and left active duty in November 2009 as a Captain. He is the author of Will War Ever End?: A Soldier’s Vision of Peace for the 21st Century, The End of War: How Waging Peace Can Save Humanity, Our Planet, and Our Future, and Peaceful Revolution: How We Can Create the Future Needed for Humanity’s Survival (publication date: Feb 2012). He lives in Santa Barbara, California, where he is serving as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation ( He is working on his fourth book, The Art of Waging Peace: A Strategic Approach to Improving Our Lives and the World, and he speaks throughout the country to colleges, high schools, veterans groups, churches, and activist organizations.


10:00 AM – 10:45 AM    Rick Wayman - History of Nuclear Weapons

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM    Jimmy Hara- The Humanitarian Consequences of a Nuclear War

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM    Lunch

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM       Paul Chappell - Is the threat of nuclear terrorism real?

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM         Marylia Kelly- Monitoring U.S. Nuclear Facilities: A Grassroots Approach to Reducing Nuclear Dangers

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM         Break

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM         Barry Blechman - Is U.S. and International nuclear weapons policy effective?

3:05 PM – 4:00 PM         Workshop

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM         Conference Declaration

4:20 PM -  4:30 PM         Closing Remarks