University of Pittsburgh
March 25, 2008

University of Pittsburgh to Present a Lecture, "Overcoming Nuclear Dangers in U.S. Policy: The Citizen's Role"

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-David Cortright, president of the Fourth Freedom Forum, will give a lecture at the University of Pittsburgh titled "Overcoming Nuclear Dangers in U.S. Policy: The Citizen's Role," at 7 p.m. April 10 in 343 Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Cortright will examine global nuclear dangers and the sources of instability that drive proliferation and continued reliance on nuclear weapons. He also will offer practical directions toward realizing a future without nuclear weapons, including the key role of citizen involvement.

Cortright has written widely on nuclear disarmament, nonviolent social change, and the use of incentives and sanctions as tools of international peacemaking. He is president of the Fourth Freedom Forum, in Goshen, Ind., which explores options for the nonviolent resolution of international conflict and brings these concepts to the forefront of mainstream debate through scholarly research, public education, dialogue with policy experts, and media communications. He is also a research fellow at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Cortright has authored a policy analysis brief for The Stanley Foundation, titled "Overcoming Nuclear Dangers," which forms the basis of his presentation.

The event is free and open to the public, though registration is required. It is cosponsored by Pitt's Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, The Stanley Foundation, and the Pittsburgh chapters of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Global Solutions Education Fund.

Visit the Ridgway Center's Web site ( or call 412-624-7884 to register.