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Nuclear Politics 2023

A pilot program brought to you by Soka University of America

Join Soka University of America’s Institute for Global Solutions (SIGS) for a week-long summer program, a free and public seminar and workshop on nuclear disarmament.

On May 3, 2022, Soka University of America President Edward Feasel announced the launch of the Soka Institute for Global Solutions (SIGS). SIGS seeks to build a network of people who are imbued with the virtues of global citizenship and are committed, through mutually inspiring engagement, to solving today’s most challenging global problems. In light of SIGS’s vision to facilitate greater cooperation through mutual engagement and inspiration, we will offer nuclear disarmament education that is free to select college-age students as a pilot project. In this inaugural year, it will be a five-day, workshop-style seminar (following SUA’s Learning Cluster curricular model) titled “Nuclear Politics 2023” with 12-15 undergraduate or graduate students from colleges and universities in Southern California. By providing immersive experiences in learning about nuclear risk reduction strategies and exploring a world free of nuclear weapons, we aim to build a network of young people who are interested in seeking practical solutions to the most harrowing threat to humanity today. It is our hope that those involved in the summer program are inspired to take individual and/or collective action within and beyond their communities, based on shared interests in common humanity.

Location: Soka University of America (1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656)

Dates: June 8 through June 12, each day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Accommodations: The selected participations will receive full accommodation at the campus residence hall and meal plans at the Soka Bistro

Curriculum: The program curriculum consists of two parts, each one taking approximately two-and-half days

Part one: seminar-based sessions will be organized on historical, academic, strategic, and legal discussions about nuclear weapons.

Part two: participants will engage in workshop-style simulation exercise and create their final projects in groups. During the exercises, the participants will be exposed to a wide range of initiatives and proposals for nuclear disarmament, including various nuclear risk reduction strategies in the context of potential use scenarios. The exercises will also help the participants explore other practical and urgent paths to reduce nuclear dangers today. The participants will then formulate their own proposals on how to make progress in nuclear disarmament and toward nuclear abolition.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in the U.S., and must be 18 years or older. Students of all academic backgrounds are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is May 22. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview via Zoom. Link to apply:

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