Ending the Nuclear Age Conference


70 years after an experiment at the University of Chicago led by Enrico Fermi created the first nuclear chain reaction at University of Chicago, activists and experts discuss the legacy of the Nuclear Age, including nuclear waste, a new generation of weapons, and the impact of disasters like the meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima reactor.


Hosted by: Nuclear Energy Information Service and Beyond Nuclear



Nuclear Reactors & Weapons


Arnie Gundersen

Whistleblower and nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Associates, discusses problems with nuclear power that he says began in 1942 and persist today, including secrecy, cost, and waste.



Dr. Norma Field Keynote Presentation: “Where Are The People?”


Dr. Norma Field

Dr. Norma Field, professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Chicago, draws attention to the experiences of communities directly impacted by nuclear technology.


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Those Impacted by Nuclear Energy


Members of Native American and other communities that share how they are impacted by living nearby facilities used for the different aspects of nuclear energy production, from the mining and processing of uranium to the disposal of nuclear waste.


The Way Forward Without Nuclear Energy


Dr. Arjun Makhijani, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, discusses how low-carbon energy sources can serve as an alternative to nuclear power plants.


Fukushima: The Never Ending Story


Akiko Yoshida, Friends of the Earth, Tokyo, discusses the ongoing impact of the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.



The Nuclear Power & Weapons Connection


Paul Gunter, Beyond Nuclear, provides historic perspective on the connection between the development of new weapons in the U.S. and the technology developed for nuclear energy.


Commemoration of Victims of Nuclear Disasters


Arnie Gundersen

Activists and others gather at the Henry Moore Sculpture to Nuclear Power to commemorate those who died as a result of a reactor meltdown or other nuclear disaster.


History & Treatment of Waste


Diane D’Arrigo, Nuclear Information and Resource Service

Diane D’Arrigo, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, joins a discussion of the type of waste generated by nuclear power and how it has been transported and stored in the past.



Transport & Future of Waste


Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear, sheds light on the next steps that can be taken to manage nuclear waste.


A Hibakusha’s view of the Nuclear Age


Setsuko Thurlow, a “hibakusha” who survived the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, shares her perspective of the Nuclear Age’s impact and legacy.


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The Way Forward without Nuclear Power & Weapons


Arne Jungjohann, Heinrich Boell Foundation, envisions a Germany without nukes and the future without nuclear weapons or power.




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