The Coalition for Peace Action's (CFPA) Pennsylvania Chapter is hosting, along with co-sponsors (listed on flyer), a day-long conference about nuclear issues. It will take place on Sept. 19, 2019, at the Perry World House of UPenn (Philadelphia). In the morning, there will be workshops, and there will be an afternoon keynote and panel discussion. 

We are delighted to hear from speakers such as Dr. Elaine Scarry, author of Thermonuclear Monarchy, and Joe Cirincione, Ploughshares Fund President. See more below, along with printable flyer! Scroll down past the flyer to see speaker photos and bios. 

Scroll to the bottom of this page to pre-register. Lunch is only for those who register in advance (by 9/12)

Registration at the door: 10:00-10:30 AM

Morning Program: 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon

  • Amb. William Burke White – Welcome, Pres. of Perry World House (confirmed)
  • Pennsylvania Nuclear Ban Alliance Team - Introduction to Conference Program
  • Ambassador Seyed Mousavian - Morning Speaker Restoring the Iran Deal? (to be confirmed)
  • Morning Workshop Facilitators/Topics: Mary Day Kent, Women’s Leadership in Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Abolition (confirmed); Hyun Lee, Korea Peace Now (confirmed); Joe Cirincione Ploughshares Fund President - Steps Toward a Global Ban (confirmed); Timmon Wallis and Vicki Epson, NuclearBan.US, From Warheads to Windmills (confirmed)

Lunch, Noon to 1:00 PM - On-Site, for Pre-Registrants

Afternoon Program:  1:15PM to 4:00 PM

  • Keynote Address, Joseph Cirincione, President of The Ploughshares Fund
  • Panel:  Issues Today, in Moving Toward a Global Ban
  • Dr. Elaine Scarry, Harvard University, author, Thermonuclear Monarchy (confirmed); Hyun Lee (confirmed); Joe Cirincione (confirmed); Robert M. Smith, co-founder/staff coordinator, Brandywine Peace Community (confirmed)
  • Plenary Discussion, 3:30PM to 4:00 PM - All Speakers and Audience:  How Do We Move Forward in Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania, and the United States?
  • Formation of Affinity Groups for Abolition (AGA’s); Joining PNBA; etc. 4:00PM

Closing, Rev. Robert M. Moore, CFPA Executive Director

Reception and Book-Signing, 4:15PM, Elaine Scarry, Thermonuclear Monarchy

Click here for PDF of flyer below.

Philly Conf 2019

 Speakers (in alphabetical order):

William Burke-White Dr. William Burke-White, an expert on international law and global governance, served in the Obama Administration from 2009-2011 on Secretary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff, providing the Secretary direct policy advice on multilateral diplomacy and international institutions. He was principal drafter of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), Secretary Clinton’s hallmark foreign policy and institutional reform effort. Burke-White has written extensively in the fields of international law and institutions, with focus on international criminal and international economic law. His work has addressed issues of post-conflict justice; the International Criminal Court; international human rights, and international arbitration. His current research explores gaps in the global governance system and the challenges of international legal regulation in a world of rising powers and divergent interests. In 2008 he received the A. Leo Levin Award and in 2007 the Robert A. Gorman award for Excellence in Teaching.

Joe Cirincione  is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He is the author of the books Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too LateBomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats. He has worked on nuclear weapons policy in Washington for over 35 years and is considered one of the top experts in the field. He served previously as vice president for national security at the Center for American Progress, director for non-proliferation at Carnegie Endowment, and senior associate at Stimson. He worked for nine years as professional staff on the U.S. House of Representatives Committees on Armed Services and Government Operations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former member of the International Security Advisory Board for Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. He also teaches at the Georgetown University Graduate School of Foreign Service.

Cirincione is an MSNBC nuclear security expert and his commentary has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Financial Times, Kyodo News, Moscow Times, Foreign Policy, The Hill, Daily Beast, and Huffington Post.

vickiVicki Elson is the co-founder of NuclearBan.US and serves as the Creative Director.  She is also the Executive Director of TreatyAwareness.US. For 35 years, Vicki has worked as a childbirth educator, filmmaker, and labor support “doula.”   She is also a chapter leader of Represent.US, fighting Big Money in politics – the most egregious example of which is the existence of nuclear weapons, making profits for a few while threatening existence for everyone. In July 2017, she had a life-changing opportunity to witness the U.N. negotiations for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and she watched the roomful of ambassadors break all their own rules (no clapping, no hugging) when the Treaty was agreed. Now she’s spreading the message of total abolition to communities across the USA.  She thinks that’s an even more important way to help babies and families to live happy, healthy lives.  She also writes little songs to inspire citizen action. 

Mary Day Kent is president of the United Nations Association, Greater Philadelphia chapter. Her professional work has included advocacy for CARE USA and the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Quakers). She has administered international programs for the American Friends Service Committee and served as Executive Director of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, US Section. She has worked in international education as the associate director of the Intercultural Career Training program at the School for International Training, World Education, Vermont and as Coordinator of the International Classroom program at the Penn University Museum. She is a member of Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting.

Hyun Lee is the U.S. National Organizer for the 2020 Women-led Korea Peace Treaty Campaign. She is a writer for ZoominKorea, an online resource for critical news and analysis on peace and democracy in Korea.

She is an anti-war activist and organizer who has traveled to both North and South Korea. She is a Korea Policy Institute associate and routinely speaks at national and international conferences as well as webinars and public seminars. Her writings have appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus, Asia-Pacific Journal, and New Left Project, and she has been interviewed by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, the Thom Hartmann Show, the Ed Schultz Show, and many other news outlets. Hyun obtained her bachelors and masters degrees from Columbia University.

Bob at WestfieldRev. Robert Moore has served since 1981 as full-time Executive Director of the Princeton, NJ-based Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA), a regional organization dedicated to global abolition of nuclear weapons, a peace economy, and a halt to weapons trafficking. From 1988-2014, he served as part-time Pastor of East Brunswick Congregational Church, and from 2014-2016 as part-time Co-Pastor of Christ Congregation in Princeton.

Prior to his current positions, Rev. Moore was for 3 and ½ years the National Secretary of Mobilization for Survival, a nationwide coalition of some 250 organizations working for disarmament and the conversion of resources from military purposes to urgent human needs. Previously, he served as Assistant Pastor to Luther Place Church in Washington DC.

Rev. Moore is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Wittenberg University in 1976, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Purdue University in 1972.

Dr. Elaine Scarry teaches at Harvard University where she is the Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value.  Her writings include The Body in Pain, On Beauty and Being Just,  and most recently,Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom.  Her work focuses on the problem of citizenship in the face of intentionally inflicted injury:  torture, war, and the monarchic structures in place since the invention of nuclear weapons. Her writings on the illegal wartime practices in the United States also include Who Defended the Country? and Rule of Law, Misrule of Men.

In 2000, Elaine Scarry received the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism for Dreaming by the Book.  Her essays appear in Boston Review, New York Review of Books, and  Best American Essays of 2007, 2005, and 1995.  A Guggenheim fellow, she has also been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. She lectures nationally and internationally to programs in literature, medicine, and law.

Bob SmithRobert M. Smith is the co-founder and staff coordinator of the Brandywine Peace Community. Bob has been active in justice, peace, anti-war, and nonviolent resistance efforts since 1967 when, as a Catholic High School student living in Upper Darby, PA, outside of Philadelphia, he became engaged in civil rights organizing in Chester, PA, an African-American community and one of the poorest in the country. That same year on April 4, 1967 he heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his historic speech at Riverside Church in New York City, "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" which subsequently led to his involvement in the movement protesting the Vietnam War, including draft resistance and other forms of civil disobedience for which he was arrested and imprisoned.

In the wake of the Vietnam War, Smith, along with other war resisters, formed in 1977, the Brandywine Peace Community to continue resistance to U.S. militarism, nuclear weapons, and the threat of nuclear war. The Brandywine Peace Community was at the very center of the burgeoning movement nationwide and throughout the Delaware Valley to stop the nuclear arms race and the role of such corporations as GE which profited from producing and maintaining the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Brandywine was the support base for the Plowshares 8 and other forms of resistance and nonviolent action throughout the 1980's during which time Smith, Brandywine friends, including Philip and Daniel Berrigan, were arrested many (many !) times, and imprisoned, prompting the international consumer boycott of GE. The direct action campaign directed at General Electric throughout the Delaware Valley also included prayer vigils, fasts, area walks and peace caravans, 'sleep-outs' in front of GE plants, and more. Smith conducted nonviolent trainings, spoke in churches and communities of faith, schools, conducted retreats, wrote books on GE and larger corporate role in maintaining the U.S. permanent war economy as well as articles on nonviolent direct action campaigns. One peace researcher at the time referred to the Brandywine Peace Community as "the longest pageant of peace protests in U.S. history".

In the mid-90's, GE's weapons divisions morphed into Lockheed Martin and the Brandywine Peace Community turned its attention and direct action to the world's largest war profiteer and the U.S. #1 Pentagon contractor. In addition, Brandywine has had the central role in organizing nonviolent direct action protesting the post 9/11 policy of "endless" wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which included the Iraq Pledge of Resistance and the largest demonstration of nonviolent civil disobedience in the history of Philadelphia. Brandywine has been at the lead in protests against drone warfare: initiating eight years ago and now continuing protests at the Horsham PA Air Guard Station's Drone War Remote Command, appealing to PA Governor Wolf to Ban All PA Drone War Operations. Month after month, demonstrations in Horsham continue as well as Philly Anti-War 'Reach-Outs' at public transit points in center city Philadelphia. At Lockheed Martin, the Brandywine Peace Community continues to stand, sit-in, and resist, taking the United Nations Treaty to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons to the U.S.'s chief violator of the treaty. 

timmonTimmon Milne Wallis is the Executive Director of NuclearBan.US. He holds a PhD in Peace Studies from Bradford University.  He has served as executive director of Nonviolent Peaceforce, and he has directed peace-building projects in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Georgia, Myanmar, Chechnya, Croatia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, and South Sudan.

He has also served as editor of Peace News, as director of the National Peace Council (UK), as international secretary of Peace Brigades International, as training manager for International Alert, and as programme manager for Quakers in Britain.  He was the founder and director of Peaceworkers UK.

His new book, Disarming the Nuclear Argument: The Truth About Nuclear Weapons, analyzes the cost, accident risk, and legality of nuclear weapons, and the absurdity of the whole concept of perpetuating nuclear weapons as “deterrence.”  The book played a role in the successful July 2017 United Nations negotiations for a Nuclear Ban Treaty, and it is a handbook for those seeking a safer, saner world.


Ban Treaty Conference

Please select whether or not you will be joining us for lunch, and any dietary restrictions. 

Students are free, but have the opportunity to contribute to the costs of the conference. 

General admission (non-student) is $12, and you also have the opportunity to contribute extra (as you can) to the costs of the conference. 

Event Information

Event Date 09-19-2019 10:00 am
Event End Date 09-19-2019 4:00 pm
Registration Start Date 07-23-2019
Cut off date 09-13-2019
Event Address 3803 Locust Walk - University of Pennsylvania Campus
Location Perry World House

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Price
General $12.00
Students $0.00

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