Events

We sponsor events at Columbia's Morningside Heights campus. Join us for an evening on nuclear topics!

Past Events

2016

Testing the Hydrogen Bomb: A Status Report by Emlyn Hughes

Monday November 28th, 4:15p.m. @ 428 Pupin Hall

In the 1940s and 1950s, the United States performed 67 nuclear weapon tests in the Marshall Islands, including the detonation of the largest US thermonuclear weapon (15 megatons), named Castle Bravo.  Seventy years later, the impact of these tests on the Marshallese people is still apparent.  The more recent challenge of rising sea levels, coupled with the remaining nuclear waste represents a particularly chilling problem. In this talk, we will discuss our recent work on this topic, as well as future research plans.

 

Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Testing: A Talk by Dr. Ivana N. Hughes

Dr. Ivana Hughes Talk

September 30th, 1:30p.m. @ 603 Schermerhorn

In the 1940s and 1950s, the United States performed 67 nuclear weapon tests in the Marshall Islands, including the detonation of the largest US thermonuclear weapon (15 megatons), named Castle Bravo.  Seventy years later, the impact of these tests on the Marshallese people is still apparent.

 

President Hilda Heine speaks at a panel event
President Hilda Heine speaks at a panel event

Watch the full video HERE

April 19, 2016 5-6 p.m.

A panel discussion on the Marshall Islands' challenging nuclear legacy and their present-day problems with climate change. Panelists include: President Hilda Heine, Minister John Silk, Ambassador Tony de Brum, and Ambassador Amatlain Kabua. Sponsored by K=1 Project and Frontiers of Science.

Free and open to the public!

April 19th @ 5-6pm

Horace Mann Auditorium, Broadway btw 120th and 121st Street

 

2015

Film Screening: Marshalling Peace and Amalia

Marshalling Peace and Amalia

Thursday, October 29, 2015 @ 5:30 PM

Two of K=1's original students films.

501 NWC

 

Film Screening: The Man Who Saved the World

The Man Who Saved the World

February 3, 2015: 7-9 p.m.

Docudrama starring Kevin Costner

Roone Arledge Auditorium

Sponsored by the K=1 Project, Columbia Scholars Program, and Columbia Science Review, in conjunction with the Union of Concerned Scientists

 

2014

Film Screening: Hiroshima Girl and Before Recently

Before Recently and Hiroshima Girl

April 17, 2014: 8-9:30 p.m.

Two of K=1's original student films. 

501 NWC

 

2013

Panel Discussion: Nuclear Disarmament

November 19th, 2013: 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Columbia University Roone Arledge Cinema, floor 2W Alfred Lerner Hall

Sponsored by the K=1 Project, Columbia Scholars Program, and the Columbia Science Review.

Panelists:

Dr. Richard Garwin received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2016, as well as the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest honor for the fields of science and engineering, award year 2002. Among other things, Garwin was the author of the actual design used in the first hydrogen bomb (code-named Mike) in 1952. He was assigned the job by Edward Teller, with the instructions that he was to make it as conservative a design as possible in order to prove the concept was feasible (as such, the Mike device was not intended to be a deployable weapon design, with tons of cryogenic equipment required for its use).

Dr. Randy Rydell is Senior Political Affairs Officer in the Office of Ms. Angela Kane, the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs at the United Nations.  He served from January 2005 to June 2006 as Senior Counselor and Report Director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (Blix Commission) and Senior Fellow at the Arms Control Association in Washington, D.C.  He joined the UN secretariat in 1998, where has served as an adviser to Under-Secretary-General Jayantha Dhanapala and his successors, Ambassadors Nobuyasu Abe and Nobuaki Tanaka.

Zachary 'Zach' Alexander Weinersmith is the author and illustrator of the webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC), currently residing in Alabama. He is the writer of two other webcomics, the completed Captain Excelsior with artist Chris Jones, and Snowflakes, co-written by James Ashby and also illustrated by Jones. He also founded the sketch comedy group SMBC Theater with James Ashby and Marty Weiner in 2009. Weiner has been involved in writing and drawing comics since his high school years, but he premiered on the internet in around 2000. Weiner's webcomic was recognized in 2006, and 2007 with the Web Cartoonists' Choice Award for Outstanding Single Panel Comic, and received nominations in 2003, and 2008.

 

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