“Won’t you please come to Chicago – no one else can take your place! We CAN change the world!…”
— Graham Nash
A Conference observing the 70th Anniversary of the 1st sustained chain reaction, and the birth of the Nuclear Age
On December 2, 1942, an experiment at the University of Chicago led by Enrico Fermi produced the world’s first human-made sustained chain reaction, and launched the Nuclear Age. The Nuclear Age has not been kind to everyone — beginning with the people of Japan. The Faustian bargain continues to this day – with the Japanese again becoming nuclear victims after Fukushima, and the world threatened by the continued presence of both nuclear weapons and nuclear power radiation releases and wastes.
Building on the observation of previous conferences first 40, then 30 years ago, this Conference notes that to this day, not a single ounce of radioactive waste has been permanently disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. And it bears witness to those fellow humans to whom the Nuclear Age has been less than kind.
This is a call to come to the very birthplace of the Nuclear Age – memorialized by Henry Moore’s sculpture to Nuclear Energy (photo above), on the very site where Fermi’s experiment occurred – to remember its victims, and seriously question whether that Age has the right to continue among civilized human beings.
For more information, to offer help, or make tax deductible contributions:
- Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS), firstname.lastname@example.org, (773)342-7650
- Beyond Nuclear, www.BeyondNuclear.org,
Downloadable PDFs of Conference Materials: (available the week of October 8th)
- Flier, Poster
- Conference schedule
- Registration form
- Registration payment
- Reservations for meals need to be in by 9 a.m., Thursday Nov. 30th! Make reservations online by clicking the “Donate Now” button. Because this is our caterer’s deadline, we CANNOT guarantee lunch for anyone registering after that time.
- How to help with the conference
- Site of the Conference:
- View/Download Map of Conference
- Sat., Dec 1st — International House (cosponsored by Global Voices Program)
- Sun., Dec 2nd — Hutchinson Commons (planned, co-sponsored by UChicago Climate Action Network))
- Chicago airports and accommodations
- Inexpensive, Onsite Accomodations