Hendrix College welcomes Dr. Ira Helfand
of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for a public
lecture on Tuesday, March 3, at 11:10 a.m. in Lecture Hall C of the Mills
Center for Social Sciences. Helfand is the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace
Prize and co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of
Nuclear War (IPPNW), the founding partner of ICAN, which is also the recipient
of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.
Helfand speaks frequently
about the perils of nuclear war, and how to prevent it (see his 2016 TEDx Talk).
At Hendrix, he will frame this topic in light of current tensions with Iran and
that country’s recent decision to pull out of significant elements of the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly called the Iran nuclear agreement.
In addition to
his roles with ICAN and IPPNW, Helfand is also co-founder and past president of
Physicians for Social Responsibility, IPPNW’s U.S. affiliate. He represented ICAN
at the Oslo and Nayarit Conferences on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear War,
and in September of 2015 he addressed a special session of the United Nations
General Assembly. In May 2016, he led the session on the humanitarian
consequences of nuclear war at the United Nations Open Ended Working Group
meeting in Geneva that led to the successful negotiation of the Treaty on the
Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in the summer of 2017, and on Sept. 20, 2017, he
represented IPPNW at the signing ceremony for the Treaty.
An internist and
urgent care physician, Helfand has published studies on the medical
consequences of nuclear war in the New
England Journal of Medicine, the British
Medical Journal, the Lancet and
the World Medical Journal, and has
lectured worldwide on the health effects of nuclear weapons.
Following his lecture, Helfand will attend a lunch with a small group of Hendrix College students who have expressed interest in learning more about his work.