For the past decade, Choate Rosemary Hall has participated in 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. From April 3-5, History and Philosophy teacher Jim Davidson and two students, Arin Kaye '17 and Noah Hermes de Boor '18, will join students from the U.S., Russia, and Japan at the conference's site in Nagasaki, the second Japanese city to experienced nuclear devastation.
At the CIF student conference, students and teachers from six U.S. high schools, four Russian high schools, and seven Japanese schools in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Kanagawa, Osaka, and Tokyo will deliver presentations on the topic, "Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and its Role for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons." At the public symposium on April 4 at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum Hall, Dr. Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test- Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), will deliver the keynote address. In addition, at the public symposium a student from each country will discuss youth education and CTBT, and its role in nuclear disarmament. Over the course of the 2016-2017 academic year, students have focused their research on the concept of nuclear test bans and creating a world free of nuclear weapons.