As the world acknowledge the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor on December 7, history and philosophy teacher James Davidson and Arielle Landau '17 traveled to Nagasaki, Japan, to attend the International Conference Towards a World Free of Nuclear Weapons. The conference was held from December 11-16 at Nagasaki University. This is the 10th year that Choate Rosemary Hall has participated in a nuclear disarmament conference.
From a student perspective, says Arielle, "I really valued the opportunity to participate in this Forum and to be able to converse with other students who are hopeful and are willing to pursue a world without nuclear weapons. I am realistic, but optimistic; a world without nuclear weapons might seem like an unrealistic goal at this point, but making people aware of the risks they pose may help lead to breakthrough in the current stalemate in international disarmament talks. Nonproliferation conferences targeted for youth also establish important connections across cultural lines, and will enable all of us to better communicate in the future."
For the past nine years, Choate has joined the Critical Issues Forum (CIF) conference on nuclear disarmament, sponsored by The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. In 2015, two Choate students and Davidson attended the student conference in Hiroshima, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. "Having been involved in the educational program of the Critical Issues Forum for a number of years has been a wonderful and sobering experience," adds Davidson, "It has inspired me to incorporate the topic of nuclear disarmament into several of the courses in our department. I have found working with our students as they think their way through each year's topic in this important program to be extraordinary."