2002 Student Pugwash Northeast Regional Conference

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FRIDAY, February 22, 2002
(Location   MIT Building 6 – Room 120)

4:00pm - 7:00pm Registration
5:00pm - 5:20pm Welcome and Opening Remarks

Philip Morrison: Institute Professor, Emeritus; Professor of Physics, Emeritus, MIT; Earned his B.S. in physics from Carnegie-Mellon University and his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley, under the supervision of Robert Oppenheimer. He has been on the physics faculties at the University of Illinois at Urbana and Cornell University, as well as M.I.T. During World War II, he served four years with the Manhattan Project, taking part in the test of the first atomic bomb.

5:20pm - 6:00pm

Keynote Address (dinner provided) - Live Webcast (need Real Player)

Tiffany Shlain: Honored as one of Newsweek's "Women Shaping the 21st Century" Tiffany Shlain, 31 is Founder, CEO and Creative Director of The Webby Awards and appears regularly on ABC's Good Morning America as their Internet expert. She gives invited lectures worldwide on how technology influences our culture.  An award winning filmmaker, she just directed a documentary on Intel Founder, Gordon Moore narrated by Harrison Ford.  She serves on the Board of Governors for the Commonwealth Club of California and sits on the advisory boards for the UC Berkeley Institute of Design and Comdex. She has received awards for her filmmaking, graphic design and her leadership role in the technology and entertainment industries. Tiffany received her BA degree from University of California at Berkeley where she was selected as a Valedictorian speaker. (more)

(Location   MIT Building 34 – Room 101, plus overflow rooms with video feed and live audio webcast)

7:00pm - 9:00pm 

The Uses of Haiti: A Discussion with Paul Farmer, Nancy Dorsinville & Noam Chomsky

Why does the US government have sanctions in place against the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere? A presentation and discussion led by:

Dr. Paul Farmer (Harvard Medical School) is a member of Partners in Health, the international relief organization. He has spent more than a decade working in rural Haiti to bring medical attention and care to those who would otherwise receive nothing.

Nancy Dorsinville is a Research Fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, where her work focuses on health and social justice issues within the Haitian Diaspora. She is also an advisor to the Women's Program at the UN Academy and the current faculty advisor to the Harvard Haitian Students Alliance.

Noam Chomsky (MIT) is a scholar whose analyses of politics and mass media have illuminated the works of countless others. He has for many years spoken out against the uses and abuses to which Haitians are subjected by the United States government and by their own.

Overflow Rooms: <10-250, 4-231, 4-237, 1-132, 1-134 and 1-136.


SATURDAY, February 23, 2002
(Location   MIT Building 10 – Room 250)



9:00am - 9:30am Opening Remarks
9:30am - 11:00am 


Sheldon Krimsky: Professor of Urban & Environmental Policy at Tufts University and Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at Tufts Medical School; serves on the Board of Directors for the Council for Responsible Genetics and as a Fellow of the Hastings Center on Bioethics

Graham Walker: Professor of Biology, MIT  (Moderator) 

Robert L. Paarlberg: Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College; co-author of 'Policy Reform in American Agriculture', consultant with the International Food Policy Research Institute and the U.S. Agency for International Development, board member of Winrock International and associate of the Harvard Center for International Affairs   

Live Webcast


11:15am - 12:00pm Roundtable Discussion 1: Facilitated by “Genetic Engineering and Food Security” Panelists
12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch (Oxfam Hunger Banquet) in Lobby 13
1:30pm - 3:00pm


Dr. Sarah Kuhn: Professor of Regional Economic and Social Development, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Dr. Judith PerrolleProfessor of Sociology at Northeastern University; and author of "Computers and Social Change: Information, Property and Power".

Coralee Whitcomb: President of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, New England chapter

Tiffany Shlain: Conference keynote speaker (moderator)

Live Webcast

3:15pm - 4:15pm Roundtable Discussion 2: Facilitated by “Information, Computers, and Social Change” Panelists
4:30pm - 6:00pm


Richard Lindzen: Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences-MIT; Member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Human Rights

William Shutkin: Environmental Attorney and Director of New Ecology Inc., Cambridge, Mass; Lecturer in MIT Dept of Urban Studies and Planning

Live Webcast

6:00pm - 6:30pm

Closing Remarks

Michael Levi: Director of the Federation of American Scientists' Strategic Security Project in Washington, DC. He works with scientists, political staff, activists, and the media to promote responsible policy based on sound science and technology. His program's focus is on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation. Mr. Levi is a doctoral candidate in Physics at Princeton University, where he is affiliated with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.