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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Anti-Nuke Activist Dr. Helen Caldicott to Speak on 3/20 in Albuquerque and 3/21 in Santa Fe

With a nuclear emergency unfolding right now in Northern Japan, these appearances by Dr. Caldicott couldn't be more timely. You can follow her on Facebook.

HelenCaldicott From the Los Alamos Study Group (LASG): We are excited to be hosting Helen Caldicott, MD, a world renowned physician, author and speaker for two public talks, in Albuquerque (March 20) and Santa Fe (March 21). Helen is a unique individual and an inspiration to many. She is coming here to help fundraise for the Study Group and has been a friend of ours for many years.

For the last four decades Dr. Caldicott has played a uniquely important role in the politics of nuclear weapons and nuclear power worldwide. Her seven books, thousands of public talks and countless interviews have been hugely influential in the global movement for nuclear disarmament. In the 1980s the movement she helped inspire was a significant international force, specifically affecting the nuclear policies of Mikhail Gorbachev. That movement, and Dr. Caldicott, helped lead the way to the nuclear rapprochement that marked the end of the Cold War.

Tickets are a $10 and can be purchased at the door. Attendance is limited to the first 150 persons Albuquerque) and 180 persons (Santa Fe). Helen's books will be on sale before and after both events:

▪ Sunday, March 20th, 6-8:00 PM: "If You Love This Planet: A Plan to Save the Earth," presentation at The Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE, Albuquerque, 2 blocks south of Central Avenue.

▪ Monday, March 21st, 6:30-8:30 PM: "If You Love This Planet: A Plan to Save the Earth," presentation at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Santa Fe, 107 W. Barcelona Road, Santa Fe, one block north of Cordova Rd between Galisteo Street and Barcelona Road.

Quoting from her website:

“Helen Caldicott has the rare ability to combine science with passion, logic with love, and urgency with humor.” — Naomi Klein.

The single most articulate and passionate advocate of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and environmental crises, Dr Helen Caldicott, has devoted the last 38 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction. 

Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1938, Dr Caldicott received her medical degree from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 1961. She founded the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at the Adelaide Children's Hospital in 1975 and subsequently was an instructor in pediatrics atHarvard Medical School and on the staff of the Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston, Mass., until 1980 when she resigned to work full time on the prevention of nuclear war.

Dr Caldicott has received many prizes and awards for her work, including the Lannan Foundation's 2003 Prize for Cultural Freedom and 21 honorary doctoral degrees, and she was personally nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Linus Pauling - himself a Nobel Laureate.

March 17, 2011 at 12:53 PM in Energy, Environment, Events, Nuclear Arms, Power | Permalink

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