Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:00 pm, Millcreek Community Center, 2266 E. Evergreen Avenue (3400 South)United Nations Association of Utah, General Meeting Presentation:The Current State of Nuclear DisarmamentSpeakers: Gail Blattenberger and Chriss Meecham with Utah Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (UCAN)This presentation will focus on the importance of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which entered into force in 1970 and was extended indefinitely in 1995. The three-pillar system of the treaty, which includes: 1) non-proliferation, 2) disarmament, and 3) the right to peacefully use nuclear technology, will be examined in terms of how it applies to current events. The current disarmament efforts of the non-nuclear states will also be highlighted. In addition, an overview of all the current treaties dealing with nuclear weapons will be provided.Gail Blattenberger and Chriss Meecham are both active members of the Utah Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (UCAN). Interestingly, they met at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site while participating in Millennium 2000: Walking the Ways of Peace sponsored by the Nevada Desert Experience.Gail Blattenberger has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan and is a Professor Emeritus having retired from the University of Utah. Gail taught econometrics, environmental economics and macroeconomics. In 1968 Gail spent a year working as a data clerk in the United Nations building in New York. Since 1993, Gail has been an English tutor at the Guadalupe Center in Salt Lake City, teaching adults basic English skills. Gail has been in involved in the civil rights movement and peace movements since the 1960′s.Before retiring Chriss Meecham worked in human resource development for over twenty years. She also taught High School English. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance from Indiana University and more recently studied Philosophy at the University of Utah. Chriss has been an active volunteer since moving to Salt Lake City. She is currently a reading tutor at Mountain View Elementary. Top on her bucket list is Ridding the World of Nuclear Weapons.Please note: There is no charge or RSVP needed to hear the presentation. However, if you wish to attend the 6:00 pm dinner, please RSVP to Maxine Haggerty by April 22.
- Sunday, January 27, 2013, 3:00 PM, First Baptist Church, 777 South, SLC, UT. Second Annual “Day of Remembrance for Downwinders. The event was free and open to the public. An Interfaith service, featuring music, prayers and remembrances was held to honor the sacrifices of Utah Downwinders. Liturgy was offered by Pastor Steve Klemz, Imam Muhammed Mehtar, Pastor Curtis Price and Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman. Music was provided by the First Unitarian Church Choir. Participants lit candles and shared stories and remembrances of those affected by the nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site. After the program, participants signed letters to our Utah Senators urging their support of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). This international treaty would ensure that the harm experienced by Utah citizens and communities from nuclear fall-out will not happen again. Fellowship and light refreshments concluded the event attended by over 50 people.
- Monday, June 24, 2013, 7:00 PM, Jean Wagner Theatre, 138 W 300 S, SLC, UT. A Staged Reading of the play “REYKJAVIK” in conjunction with Plan-B Theatre. The event was free and open to the public, but tickets were required. REYKJAVIK by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes, dramatizes the iconic two day meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland in October 1986 between President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. During the meeting the leaders of the two nuclear super powers came very close to abolishing all nuclear weapons. While failing short of that goal, the Reykjavik summit did slow the arms race and led to other important nuclear disarmament efforts. The part of Reagan was read by Robert Scott Smith and the part of Gorbachev was read by Jason Tatom, Jerry Rapier, directed. Following the play, a post-show discussion with the playwright was moderated by Mary Dickson. Earier in the day, Doug Fabrizio interviewed Richard Rhodes and featured the event on his Radio West program.
- Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 6:00 PM, The City Library, 210 E 400 S, SLC, UT. Special Film Screening of the Opera, Dr. Atomic, in conjunction with the Utah Film Center and the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera. The event was free and open to the public The modern opera focuses on J. Robert Oppenheimer and the experiments that led to the creation of the atomic bomb. July 16, 2013 was the 68th anniversary of the first atomic test, Trinity, conducted in secret in New Mexico. The date of the showing and the first atomic test,Trinity.
- Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 7:00 PM, Salt Lake City Library Auditorium, 210 E 400 S, SLC, UT. A Work-in-Progress Film Screening of THE MAN WHO SAVED THE WORLD in commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On August 6, 1945, the United States bombed the city of Hiroshima followed three days later with the bombing of the city of Nagasaki. While the real mortality rates from the atomic bombs dropped on Japan will never be known, it is estimated that 80,000 people died immediately in Hiroshima and 40,000 people in Nagasaki with tens of thousands more dying later from radiation exposure. These two events are the only use of nuclear weapons in war to date. However, as the film will reveal, the threat of a nuclear holocaust is ever present as long as these weapons of mass destruction remain on high alert. The feature documentary film focuses on Stanislav Petrov, a former lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces. The film dramatically demonstrates how precarious our world has become in the nuclear age, and how our own belief in humanity, a shared belief in each other, is the hope which we must foster in order to survive and thrive. The event was presented in conjunction with the Utah Film Center and was free and open to the public.
- Saturday, September 14, 2013, 1:00 pm ($6 online) and 6:30 pm ($8 online) at the Salt Lake County Sheriff Department Building Auditorium, 3365 S. 900 W., Salt Lake City, UT 84119 (From I-15, exit at 3300 South, head west for about one mile.) Special Film Screening of GATE, A TRUE STORY, supported in conjunction with the Global Nuclear Disarmament Fund, JACL Salt Lake Chapter, and Matsumoto City, Japan. The film narrated by Steven Seagal highlights the story of monks walking on foot for 1600 miles in the middle of a hot summer to demonstrate the menace of nuclear weapons. In addition, the film includes interviews with Japanese Hibakusha and American Downwinders.
- Thursday, October 17, 2013, 7:00 PM, Salt Lake City Library Auditorium, 210 E 400 S, SLC UT. Author Ward Wilson discussed his new book, Five Myths about Nuclear Weapons. Wilson was one of the featured authors at the 16th Annual Utah Humanities Book Festival. Free and open to the public.
- Friday, October 18, 2013, 7:00 PM, Episcopal Church Center, 75 S 200 E, SLC, UT. Author Ward Wilson met with members of UCAN and HEAL Utah.
- Monday, January 27, 2014, 7:00-8:30 pm, Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 E 3300 S, SLC Third Annual Day of Remembrance for Downwinders. An Interfaith Service honoring Downwinders. was held on Janurary 27th to mark the 63rd anniversary of the first nuclear weapons test in Nevada. Participants lit candles and shared their stories of the sacrifices of Downwinders and their families. Liturgy was offered by Rev. Steve Klemz, Priest Satish Kumar, and Rev. Jean Schwein. Participants signed letters in support of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) to Senators Hatch and Lee. Fellowship and light refreshments followed. The event was free and open to the public.
- Thursday, April 3, 2014, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Pizza and Politics in the Hinckley Institute Caucus Room and 2:20-3:45 p.m. in the Library Auditorium, UVU. Presentations by Matthew McKinzie, Senior Scientist, Nuclear Program with the National Resources Defense Council: “Nuclear Deterrence in President Obama’s United States and in President Putin’s Russia: Echoes from the Cold War and Unfinished Business.” Matthew McKinzie holds a PhD in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Pennsylvania. As a graduate student performing research at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Matthew first became interested in finding solutions to the problems posed by nuclear weapons. Before joining NRDC’s Nuclear Program in 1997, Matthew was a postdoctoral associate at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University where he was first introduced to public policy work. At NRDC, Matthew has focused his advocacy in the areas of nuclear power and the consequences of nuclear accidents, non-proliferation and arms control. His first major project for NRDC was to perform computer simulations of the US nuclear war plan–research that introduced him to Geographic Information Systems or GIS. Since 2005 Matthew has also been on the staff of NRDC’s Lands and Wildlife Program where he has applied GIS to NRDC’s work on the impacts of oil and gas extraction on wilderness and wildlife in the Rocky Mountain region and utility-scale renewable energy in the US West. Matthew is married to Dr. Esther Schwartz-McKinzie and they have two children, Noah and Sarah.