confronting climate change:
insights from the nuclear disarmament Movement

Hosted by The Center for Public Scholarship at The New School on December 4, 2014;
featuring Robert Jay Lifton, Naomi Oreskes, Tom Engelhardt


Robert Jay Lifton

New York (November 24, 2014) – The Center for Public Scholarship at The New School for Social Research presents a discussion, Confronting Climate Change: Insights from the Nuclear Disarmament Movement, on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, 6-7:30 p.m. at The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, New York City.

The event unites leading scholars for a conversation on ways to generate the political and social change necessary to address climate change.

They are:

Robert Jay Lifton, author of Witness to an Extreme Century and an upcoming book comparing nuclear and climate threats. His recent op-ed in the New York Times explores “the psychological shift in our relation to global warming.”

Naomi Oreskes, professor of the history of science and affiliated professor of Earth and planetary sciences at Harvard University. She is the author of The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future with Eric Conway.

Tom Engelhardt, creator of, a project of the Nation Institute, will moderate the discussion.

“Scenes from Nagasaki and Hiroshima are burnt into our cultural consciousness; apocalyptic images of the effects of global warming are far less available,” said Arien Mack, director of the Center for Public Scholarship and editor of Social Research: An International Quarterly. “The anti nuclear movement ultimately grew sufficiently powerful to produce agreement on nuclear disarmament. Can we learn from that movement what it will take to ban or minimize the use of fossil fuels, which must be done if we are to avoid the full affects of global warming?”

This event is free; no tickets or reservations required, but reservations are recommended by going online. Members of the media can RSVP to Scott Gargan, Press Officer, at [email protected].

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