Ruina Nuclear Age Speaker Series
The Ruina Nuclear Age Speaker Series is endowed by Jack Ruina, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, MIT. He was instrumental in establishing the MIT Security Studies Program and was its first Director. Professor Ruina's special interest is in strategic weapons policy.
2015-16 Ruina Nuclear Age Dinner
The MIT Security Studies Program held the annual Jack Ruina Nuclear Age Dinner on Thursday Nov. 19, 2015. The guest speaker this year was Ambassador Wendy Sherman, who spoke on ““Negotiating Change: The Iran Nuclear Deal.”
Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman was sworn in as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs on September 21, 2011, a position she had retained until October 2015.
Prior to this position, Under Secretary Sherman served as Vice Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and a member of the Investment Committee of Albright Capital Management, an affiliated investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets.
Ambassador Sherman served as Counselor for the State Department from 1997 to 2001, as well as Special Advisor to President Clinton and Policy Coordinator on North Korea. From 1993 to 1996, under Secretary of State Warren Christopher, she was Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs.
Ambassador Sherman served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Oxfam America. She also served on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, a group tasked with providing the Secretary of Defense with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy.
In 2008, Ambassador Sherman was appointed by Congressional Leadership to serve on the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism.
2014-15 Ruina Nuclear Age Dinner
The 2014-15 Ruina Nuclear Age dinner was held October 27, 2014. The keynote speaker was Ambassador Robert L. Gallucci, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. His topic: "Nuclear Weapons: They're Back."
2014 Ruina Nuclear Age Dinner
The 2014 Ruina Nuclear Age dinner was held March 4, 2014. The keynote speaker was Professor Robert Jervis, Columbia University. His topic: "Why We Should Be Puzzled About Nuclear Weapons."
2013 Ruina Nuclear Age Dinner
The 2013 Ruina Nuclear Age dinner was held February 25, 2013. The keynote speaker was Sir Lawrence Freedman, Vice Principal (Strategy & Development), King's College, London, UK. His topic: "Can the Nuclear Taboo Last?" To view Sir Lawrence Freedman's presentation, click on the link below.
2011 Ruina Nuclear Age Dinner
The Security Studies Program hosted the third annual Ruina Nuclear Age dinner on October 17, 2011. Ambassador Thomas Pickering was the guest speaker. To view Ambassador Pickering's presentation, click on the link below.
2010 Ruina Nuclear Age Dinner
The Security Studies Program hosted the second annual Ruina Nuclear Age dinner on November 18, 2010. Professor Scott Sagan was the guest speaker. (Video is currently unavailable; we hope to have it soon.)
2009 Ruina Nuclear Age Dinner
The Security Studies Program proudly hosted the first annual Ruina Nuclear Age dinner on November 12, 2009. Dr. Hans Blix was the guest speaker. To view Dr. Blix's presentation, click on the link below.