1981.11.11: A Convocation On “Preventing Nuclear War” (Concerned Faculty at UCLA)

View in searchable PDF format: 1981.11.00 – Leon Letwin Signer – Concerned Faculty at UCLA – Disarmament – OCR

November 1981

Dear Colleague:

Our nation is entering a very dangerous period. The “hard-headed realists” in Washington are speaking of “winning” a nuclear war. In the words of Robert Scheer, “What formerly had been an undercurrent in strategic thinking and the Pentagon’s targeting scenarios – that nuclear war is thinkable, survivable, and winnable — shows signs of becoming the mainstream thought of this Administration” (LA Times, 9/28/81). It is vitally important that the dangers of such a point of view, which face not only our nation but all human beings, be understood clearly. As researchers and educators it is one of our duties to point out the seriousness and the magnitude of the peril, and to seek less threatening alternatives. As a step toward those objectives, a group of your colleagues, the Concerned Faculty at UCLA, invites your attendance at a forum on “Preventing Nuclear War.” This convocation will take place on Armistice Day, November 11, from 11 am to 4 pm, in the Grand Ballroom of Ackerman Union.

Locally the convocation is under the joint sponsorship of Concerned Faculty at UCLA and a coordinate faculty group at the California Institute of Technology. It was planned with the assistance of the Campus Events Commission and is co-sponsored by that Commission. Nationally the convocation is being co-sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists, which is coordinating such convocations on Armistice Day at some 100 universities across the United States, and by at least a dozen other nationally known organizations.

Members of Congress and participants in Arms Control negotiations as well as distinguished scientists and scholars will speak at the convocation. The program of the convocation has four main topics: Survival in the Nuclear Age, Arms Superiority versus Arms Control, Causes and Consequences of the Arms Race, and What Can be Done to Help Prevent Nuclear War. A copy of the program is enclosed. Leading into the convocation, on November 5, 6, 9, 10, there will be a free film series, sponsored jointly with the UCLA Film Archives. The films will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in Melnitz Hall 1409 and will include The War Game, Dr. Strangelove, On the Beach, No Nukes, and Kurosawa’s I Live in Fear.

We hope that on this coming Armistice Day, November 11, you will attend the convocation on “Preventing Nuclear War” and that you will urge your colleagues, your students, and University staff to attend. The response to this convocation, and to those taking place on campuses throughout the nation, could serve as a measure of concern about the policies of the “hard-headed realists,” and will certainly be taken as such by the media. In addition, we ask for your financial assistance. We are paying no honoraria; but travel and accommodations for speakers, as well as mailing, printing, and other expenses in connection with the program, will be difficult to defray without your economic support.

For Concerned Faculty at UCLA, cordially yours,

Jeffrey Alexander, Sociology

Lester Breslow, Public Health

Roger Detels, Public Health

A. Theodore Forrester, Physics and Engineering

Nancy M. Henley, Psychology

Robert H. Hethmon, Theater Arts

Donald Kalish, Philosophy

Temma Kaplan, History

Edward L. Keenan, Linguistics

Steven Lattimore, Classics

Leon Letwin, Law

Gary B. Nash, History

Carlos P. Otero, Spanish and Portuguese

Bertram H. Raven, Psychology

Michael Reiff, Medicine

Ruth Roemer Public Health Paul Schachter, Linguistics

Max Schoen, Dentistry

William Shonick, Public Health

Charles P. Sohner, Industrial Relations

Ernst G. Straus, Mathematics

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