Reactions: New Perspectives on Our Nuclear Legacy

Friday, December 1, 2017
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1:30 PM Program Begins at Reynolds Club, 5706 S. University Avenue
1:50–2:20 PM Opening keynote address delivered by Richard Rhodes, Independent Historian 
2:20–3:10 PM

Panel One: The Role of Nuclear Energy in a Climate Constrained World 

Moderator: Gretchen Helfrich, Civil Rights Attorney and Former Host of “Odyssey” on Chicago Public Radio

Chris Crane, President and CEO, Exelon
Michael Greenstone, Milton Friedman Professor in Economics, the College, and the Harris School, University of Chicago; Director, Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics; Director, Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC);Faculty; Director, Energy & Environment Lab at University of Chicago’s Urban Labs

3:10–4:00 PM

Panel Two: The Role of Nuclear Weapons in the Modern World 

Moderator:  Gretchen Helfrich

Dennis Blair, Chairman of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
Madelyn Creedon, Former Principal Deputy Director National Nuclear Security Administrator, US Department of Energy

4:00–4:15 PM Break with light snacks and beverages
4:15–4:30 PM World Premiere of “Plea for Peace” by Augusta Read Thomas
Composer; University of Chicago Professor of Composition in the Department of Music and the College
4:30–5:20 PM

Panel Three: The Role of Nuclear Medicine in the World of Modern Healthcare

Moderator: Gretchen Helfrich

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, Professor & Chair, Department of Radiology, Stanford University
Martin G. Pomper, Henry N. Wagner, Jr. Professor of Radiology, The Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns Hopkins Medical School

5:20–6:00 PM Closing Keynote Address by Ernest Moniz, Former United States Secretary of Energy, Nuclear Physicist, and Co-Chair and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative
6:00–7:00 PM Reception 

Saturday, December 2, 2017
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2:30 PM Program Begins at William Eckhardt Research Center, 5640 S Ellis Avenue
2:30–2:50 PM Performance of “Meditation on CP-1,” a movement piece by:

Young-Kee Kim, Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor and Chair, The Department of Physics and The Enrico Fermi Institute Department

Sam Pluta, Assistant Professor of Composition, Department of Music

Emily Coates, Director of Dance Studies and Assistant Professor Adjunct of Theater and Drama at Yale University
2:50-3:00 PM Welcome remarks delivered by Bill Brown, Senior Advisor to the Provost for Arts, Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture, at Henry Moore’s Nuclear Energy sculpture and “Nuclear Thresholds,” a temporary installation by Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects
3:00–3:15 PM Remarks by Cai Guo-Qiang, artist
3:20–3:25 PM Performance by Cai Guo-Qiang
Pre-Program Artist Talk with Cai Guo-Qiang and UChicago Professor Wu Hung
Friday, December 1, 12:00 PM 
Joseph Regenstein Library room 122, 1100 E 57th St

3:25–3:53 PM Performance of “The Curve is Exponential,” a work for carillon and electronics composed by PhD candidate Ted Moore and premiered by University Carilloneur Joey Brink
4:15 PM Program concludes in the McCormick Tribune Lounge at the Reynolds Club, 5706 S University Ave, and in Mandel Hall, 1131 E 57th St 
4:15–6:15 PM LECTURE: Arts and the Nuclear Age: 1942 | 1967 | 2017

Anne Wagner, Class of 1936 Professor Emerita, University of California Berkeley

Luke Ogrydziak and Zoë Prillinger, Principals at Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects

Ludovico Centis, Architect, The Empire
6:15 PM Reception
7:00–8:00 PM Performance of commissioned works by alumni and current student composers:
Amelia Kaplan, Associate Professor of Composition at Ball State University
Clifton Callender, Professor of Composition at Florida State University
Kevin Michael Kay, Graduate Candidate, Department of Music
8:00–9:30 PM University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Barbara Schubert (performance includes a lecture/demonstration on Penderecki’s “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima”)

Please note: program is subject to change.

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