Celebrating Sister Megan Rice’s Activism

Meet Sister Megan Rice, nuclear weapons abolition activist, this Sunday, June 11th, at 4PM. All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445 United States Film, Dr. Ira Helfand, MD, Chair, Security Committee, Physicians for Social Responsibility: The increasing threat of nuclear weapons. Subrata Ghoshroy, MIT research affilliate and frequent contributor to Bulletin of Atomic Scientists: The current state of nuclear disarmament negotiations. Joan Ecklein, WILPF, Boston organizer … Continue reading Celebrating Sister Megan Rice’s Activism

It’s Time to Ban Nuclear Weapons, Guys

Check out this important interview with Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. VICE: Why make the push for a disarmament treaty this year, especially when it seems like the world is struggling just to contain nuclear weapons and conflicts? Beatrice Fihn: People thought there was a norm: We have [nuclear weapons], but we don’t use them. The current climate gives us … Continue reading It’s Time to Ban Nuclear Weapons, Guys

Can one person make a difference? What the evidence says.

It’s easy to feel like one can person can’t make a difference. The world has so many big problems, and they often seem impossible to solve. So when we started 80,000 Hours — with the aim of helping people do good with their careers — one of the first questions we asked was “how much difference can one person really make?” We learned that while … Continue reading Can one person make a difference? What the evidence says.

U.N. Panel Releases Draft of Treaty to Ban Nuclear Arms

A United Nations disarmament panel presented the first draft on Monday of a proposed global treaty to ban nuclear weapons, which advocates called an important step that could hasten completion of a final text by early July. Nuclear powers including the United States have boycotted the negotiations for such a treaty, calling its goals naïve and unattainable — especially at a time when North Korea … Continue reading U.N. Panel Releases Draft of Treaty to Ban Nuclear Arms

City on the Verge

City on the Verge, by Atlanta native Mark Pendergrast, was recently published in hardback. He is in Atlanta this week giving several talks about his new book. Atlanta is on the verge of tremendous rebirth-or inexorable decline. A kind of Petri dish for cities struggling to reinvent themselves, Atlanta has the highest income inequality in the country, gridlocked highways, suburban sprawl, and a history of racial … Continue reading City on the Verge

Yellow Fever in Brazil

Three years ago, the West African Ebola epidemic set off a worldwide panic and the biggest global-health security crisis in years. Then Zika struck and the reality of those transmittable disease threats was brought even closer to home in the United States, with more than 5,000 cases reported and America still on high alert. Yet today, an even greater potential threat to the world is … Continue reading Yellow Fever in Brazil

The Center Cannot Hold

The Center Cannot Hold, a chamber opera in two acts, with music composed by psychiatrist Kenneth B. Wells and libretto by Wells and law professor Elyn Saks, may be the first opera devoted to telling the story of psychiatric illness. Based on Saks’ memoir of the same name describing her experience with schizophrenia, the opera premiered in July 2016 at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience … Continue reading The Center Cannot Hold