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A Conversation on Nuclear Dangers and a New Nuclear Arms Race: With Dr. Ernest Moniz

  • Monday, January 27, 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • SNHU Hospitality Center Salon Rooms


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A Conversation on Nuclear Dangers

and a New Nuclear Arms Race:

With Dr. Ernest Moniz

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In partnership with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is proud to offer an engaging evening of conversation with former U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz. Dr. Moniz will address themes from his Foreign Affairs article, “The Return of Doomsday: The New Nuclear Arms Race—and How Washington and Moscow Can Stop It,” written with former Senator Sam Nunn. Now co-chair and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), Dr. Moniz will discuss today’s growing risk of nuclear war or detonation by accident or terrible miscalculation, and he’ll present solutions that can bring us back from the brink. Join us and The Nuclear Threat Initiative for this intriguing talk and help push the needle forward in the lead up to New Hampshire’s first in the nation primary. The event will be free and open to the public, with food and refreshments provided as well.

When: January 27th, 2020 from 6-7:30pm

Where: Salon Rooms, Hospitality Center

Southern New Hampshire University

2500 North River Road

Manchester, NH 03106

More about Dr. Moniz

Dr. Ernest J. Moniz was named the new chief executive officer and co-chair by the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) in March 2017.  He began serving in June 2017. 

Dr. Moniz served as the thirteenth United States Secretary of Energy from 2013 to January 2017.  As Secretary, he advanced energy technology innovation, nuclear security and strategic stability, cutting-edge capabilities for the American scientific research community, and environmental stewardship. Dr. Moniz served on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty from 1973 until becoming Secretary of Energy in 2013 and is now the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems emeritus and Special Advisor to the MIT President.   He is co-chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a non-profit organization that has advanced innovative solutions for securing nuclear materials, building international cooperation for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, preventing the spread of disease and reducing radiological threats.

The inaugural Distinguished Fellow of the Emerson Collective and CEO of the non-profit Energy Futures Initiative, Dr. Moniz also previously served in government as DOE Under Secretary from 1997 until January 2001 with science, energy, and nuclear security responsibilities, and from 1995 to 1997 as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy with responsibility for the physical, life, and social sciences. He was a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and of the Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee from 2009 to 2013.  He also served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future that provided advice to the President and the Secretary of Energy, particularly on nuclear waste management.

At MIT, Dr. Moniz was the Founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment. Dr. Moniz is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Harvard Belfer Center.

Dr. Moniz received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in physics from Boston College, a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford University, and nine honorary doctorates, including three from European universities.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the International Advisory Board of the Atlantic Council and received the 1998 Seymour Cray HPCC Industry Recognition Award for vision and leadership in advancing scientific simulation.  He is the recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Medals of the Department of Defense and of the Navy.  He also was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Makarios III (Cyprus), the Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator (Portugal), and the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan).  Other awards include the Charles Percy Award of the Alliance to Save Energy, the Right Stuff Award of the Blue-Green Alliance Foundation, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Distinguished Public Service Award, and the Neustadt Award of the Harvard Kennedy School for creating exceptional solutions to significant problems in public policy.  He is a Fellow of the American Physics Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Humboldt Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Moniz is a resident of Brookline Massachusetts with his wife of more than four decades, Naomi, daughter Katya, and grandchildren Alex and Eve.  He is a very modestly accomplished but very enthusiastic practitioner of fly-fishing.

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