Thanks in part to the work of Associate Professor of Political Science Matthew Bolton and Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies Emily Welty, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. The married couple worked intensely with ICAN on negotiations for a nuclear weapons ban treaty, providing advocacy based on their research and supporting Pace students who participated in related internships, volunteer opportunities, and civic engagement activities.
The professors have long held a vision of a nuclear-free world, with Welty engaging communities of faith to join the conversation on this issue, and Bolton advocating provisions for environmental remediation, victim assistance, and pathways to renunciation of nuclear weapons by nations. The Nobel has increased awareness of the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and added significant momentum to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Adopted at the United Nations by more than 120 countries, the treaty bans the possession, use, and threat of use of nuclear weapons.
Professors Welty and Bolton were originally profiled in the Winter 2018 Dyson Digital Digest; excerpts are seen below. You can read the full article on the Dyson College website.