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Science for Peace Newsletter

Anonymous — April 1984



The mandate of Science for Peace is “to conduct and encourage educational and research activities relating to the dangers of war waged with weapons of mass destruction.” ‘The responsibility Science for Peace has assumed to educate the public about these basic issues is discharged in the Toronto area at several levels of educational activity:

  1. The Chair of Peace Studies. From its founding, Science for Peace has been committed to bringing about the establishment of a Chair of Peace Studies at the University of Toronto. The work, though incomplete, is ongoing, and is marked by a series of heartening successes: University College has determined to establish the chair; the University has agreed; and although. the chair has not yet been endowed, it is virtually occupied – and by the world-renowned scholar we most hoped to attract when the funding was to have been secured – Professor Anatol Rapoport, Professor Emeritus of Psychology in the University of Toronto, former Director of the Institute of Advanced Study in Vienna, game theorist and Gaming Editor of the Journal of Conflict Resolution, author of such varied works as Strategy and Cosncience (I 969J, Clausewitz on War (ed.) (1968), N-Person Game Theory (1970), has become a Fellow of University College, taken an office in the College and made a gift to the College of his time and energy in forwarding peace studies there. Science for Peace and University College will cooperate in attempting to secure funding for the Chair, so that Professor Rapoport may have a suitably qualified successor. His presence and reputation will make our task easier.
  2. The University College Lectures in Peace Studies, co-sponsored by Science for Peace, are scheduled monthly during the academic year. The speakers have included distinguished scientists and leaders in peace studies: both Elise Boulding and Kenneth Boulding (on different occasions); Kosta Tsipis, M.l.T.; William Epstein, UNITAR; Seymour Melman, Columbia; Lynn Sykes, Columbia; James O’Connell, Bradford, England; Nobel Laureate Alfonso Garcia Robles; and Anatol Rapoport (two lectures). Most of these lectures have been recorded and they are available on request from the Science for Peace office.
  3. The Science for Peace Seminars are held weekly at 5:30 pm on Wednesdays in University College, Room UC 244 (except for one seminar per month held at York University, Downsview). These seminars have increasingly exploited the resources of the Universities of Toronto and York: many professors contribute within their own discipline to an understanding of the issues of war and peace, and Science for Peace provides a wider audience with the fruits of their professional knowledge. Several of these seminars have been recorded and tape cassettes will be made available in due course. Some of the talks will be broadcast by CJRT radio.
  4. The Science for Peace Speakers Bureau is based mostly on the Seminar speakers. We now have about 50 speakers and the list will be supplied on request. We invite schools, service associations, peace and disarmament groups, newspapers, radio and TV, etc. to call upon us to supply speakers.
  5. Science for Peace and the Media: We should learn how to reach out to a far wider public through the radio and TV media. We have submitted our Speakers Bureau to the CBC and we have also made specific proposals for programs.
  6. Education of the “Decision-Makers” is perhaps the. most important responsibility of Science for Peace and other professional groups such as Physicians for Social Responsibility. Members of Parliament need even more than the rest of us to understand how the nature of international relations has been transformed by the advent of genocidal nuclear, chemical and biological warfare.

MEMBERSHIP: We extend an invitation to join Science for Peace to all scientists (social and human as well as physical — a definition which includes most academics), engineers and others. Membership includes a subscription to the BULLETIN and the right to participate in Chapter activities. Membership Subscription: $25.00 (student/retired: $5.00). Make cheques payable to Science for Peace (registered as a charitable organization). Mail to: Science for Peace, University College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A1. S4P can be contacted by calling Eric Fawcett at 416/xxx-xxxx.