Teaching the Nuclear Age
Date : Sat., March 28, 2009 to Sun., March 29, 2009 Category : Butcher History Institute
Over 60 years ago, the nuclear age began with weapons that could destroy a city in a single strike. Although nuclear weapons have not been used since their first and only use in 1945, the prospect that nuclear weapons will find their way into the hands of terrorists or rogue regimes is arguably the greatest threat to the world today. This weekend-long program will enable teachers to understand— and teach— the nuclear age with historical perspective.
Topics and Speakers
Co-Chair - Madeleine and W.W. Keen Butcher History Institute
Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations, University of Pennsylvania
What Every American Needs to Know about Nuclear Weapons
Professor Emeritus, Stevens Institute of Technology
Author of “Nuclear Weapons: What You Need to Know”
The Role of Nuclear Weapons in International Politics
Professor and Director, Center for Science, Technology, and Policy, University of New Mexico
Harry Truman and the Decision to Drop the Bomb: The Debate Among Historians
Author of “Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire”
The Nevada Test Site in History and Today
Chairman, Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation
The Nuclear Age in the Classroom
The Question of Arms Control in the Nuclear Era: A Panel Discussion
Does Nuclear Deterrence Apply in the Age of Terrorism
Editor, The American Interest
Reflections on Nuclear Weapons and the Cold War
Professor and John J. McKetta Centennial Energy Chair in Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
What Participants Receive:
Forty participants will be selected to receive:
- free room and board;
- assistance in designing curriculum and special projects based on the History Institute;
- stipends of $300 for well-developed lesson plans for posting on our website that effectively utilize the experience of the weekend conference, or documentation of in-service presentations based on the weekend;
- partial travel reimbursements (up to $300) for participants outside the vicinity of the conference center;
- subscription to Orbis, FPRI’s journal of world affairs; E-Notes, FPRI’s weekly bulletin; and Footnotes, FPRI’s bulletin for high school teachers.
- a certificate of participation in a program offering 12 hours of instruction. In addition, for those interested, college credit is available for a small fee through our cooperating institution, Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Please email to [email protected] a resume and a short statement describing your current teaching or professional assignments, your reasons for wanting to attend, and how your students or school district will benefit from your participation. NOTE: At the time of application, you are asked to make a commitment either to prepare a curriculum unit based on the weekend or to do in-service activities based on the weekend. Schools with a school membership in FPRI’s Wachman Center are guaranteed one place at one History Institute weekend per year. For information about school membership, contact [email protected].