Dr. Helen Caldicott -- Presentation and Book Signing

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States

Dr. Helen Caldicott will autograph her recently published book, Loving This Planet. Dr. Helen Caldicott has electrified audiences worldwide with her call to reduce nuclear weapons, including when she spoke at the CFPA's founding Conference in 1980. This event is free. RSVP requested.

Dr. Helen Caldicott is the former President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, which is a Nobel Peace Laureate and she is a widely recognized anti-nuclear advocate who founded several associations dedicated to opposing nuclear weapons and power, and war and military action in general. Dr. Caldicott is an Australian physician who left her medical career in order to call attention to what she refers to as the "insanity" of the nuclear arms race and growing reliance on nuclear power.

Dr. Caldicott founded Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) which is dedicated redirecting government spending from nuclear energy use to unmet social needs. As President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, she helped recruit 23,000 doctors to educate the public and colleagues on dangers of nuclear weapons and power. She also worked abroad to establish similar national groups focused on education about medical dangers of nuclear weapons and power.

The umbrella organization, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. She was also the Founding President of the STAR (Standing for Truth About Radiation) Foundation and founded the Nuclear Policy Research Institute (renamed Beyond Nuclear). Dr. Caldicott also founded the Helen Caldicott Foundation for a Nuclear Free Future which hosts a weekly radio show called If You Love This Planet. Dr. Caldicott host that radio show that airs on dozens of U.S., Australian and Canadian stations.

Dr. Caldicott has been awarded 21 honorary doctoral degrees and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling. She has received numerous awards, including the Humanist of the Year award from the American Humanist Association in 1982 and Women's History Month Honoree by the National Women's History Project in 2009 . The Smithsonian Institution named Caldicott one of the most influential women of the 20th century.

This event is co-sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Coalition for Peace Action, Drexel University, Office of International Programs, Envision Peace Museum, United Nations Association of Philadelphia (list in formation)

This event is endorsed by Physicians for Social Responsibility-Philadelphia, Project for Nuclear Awareness (list in formation) 

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Educational Events
Community Development
Science and Technology
International Relations