TEACHING THE NUCLEAR AGE A History Institute for Teachers www.fpri.org

Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29, 2009

Hosted by the Atomic Testing Museum Las Vegas, NV

Sponsored by The Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Wachman Center Atomic Testing Museum American Academy of Diplomacy

Over 60 years ago, the nuclear age began with weapons that could destroy a city in a single strike. Although nuclear weapons have not been used since their first and only use in 1945, the prospect that nuclear weapons will find their way into the hands of terrorists or rogue regimes is arguably the greatest threat to the world today. This weekend-long program will enable teachers to understand – and teach – the nuclear age with historical perspective.

Topics and Speakers include:

WHAT EVERY AMERICAN NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS Jeremy Bernstein Professor Emeritus, Stevens Institute of Technology, and author of Nuclear Weapons: What You Need to Know

HARRY TRUMAN AND THE DECISION TO DROP THE BOMB Richard B. Frank author of Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire

THE NEVADA TEST SITE IN HISTORY AND TODAY Troy E. Wade II President, Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation

ARMS CONTROL IN THE NUCLEAR ERA: A PANEL DISCUSSION Hon. Avis Bohlen former Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control Hon. Ronald I. Spiers former U.S. negotiator in a series of arms control talks


REFLECTIONS ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND THE COLD WAR Hans Mark Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Texas at Austin; former Deputy Administrator of NASA and former Secretary of the Air Force

TEACHING THE NUCLEAR AGE: SUGGESTIONS FOR THE CLASSROOM Paul Dickler Senior Fellow, FPRI’s Wachman Center Linda Miller Board Member, Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation

The conference begins 9:00 am PT on Saturday, March 28 and concludes at 1:00 pm PT on Sunday, March 29, 2009.


Social studies and history teachers, curriculum supervisors, and junior college faculty are invited to apply for participation in the History Institute. Forty participants will be selected to receive:

* free room and board; * assistance in designing curriculum and special projects based on the History Institute; * stipends of $300 for well-developed lesson plans for posting on our website that effectively utilize the experience of the weekend conference, or documentation of in-service presentations based on the weekend; * partial travel reimbursements (up to $300) for participants outside the vicinity of the conference center; * subscription to Orbis, FPRI’s journal of world affairs; E- Notes, FPRI’s weekly bulletin; and Footnotes, FPRI’s bulletin for high school teachers. * a certificate of participation in a program offering 12 hours of instruction. In addition, for those interested, college credit is available for a small fee through our cooperating institution, Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.


Please email to [email protected] a resume and a short statement describing your current teaching or professional assignments, your reasons for wanting to attend, and how your students or school district will benefit from your participation. NOTE: At the time of application, you are asked to make a commitment either to prepare a curriculum unit based on the weekend or to do in-service activities based on the weekend.

Schools with a school membership in FPRI’s Wachman Center are guaranteed one place at one History Institute weekend per year. For information about school membership, contact [email protected].


Videotapes of the entire conference will be posted subsequently on our website.

For updates and additional information about this program visit: http://www.fpri.org/education/nuclearage/

For information about future and previous programs visit: http://www.fpri.org/education/historyinstitutes.html

Core funding for these programs has been contributed by The Annenberg Foundation. For specific weekends, additional funding has been contributed by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Mr. H.F. Lenfest, and the Stuart Family Foundation.

For more information, contact: Alan H. Luxenberg Director, Wachman Center Foreign Policy Research Institute 1528 Walnut Street, Suite 610 Philadelphia, PA 19102 Tel. 215-732-3774 Email: [email protected]