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The Los Alamos view of the Manhattan Project

September 22, 2022

Alan B. Carr

In August 1942, the Manhattan Project was formally established. Its mission: Build an entirely reliable atomic bomb as quickly as possible. It’s been estimated that half a million people worked on the project in some capacity at one point or another during the war at installations all over the country. The three main sites were Oak Ridge, Hanford and Los Alamos. “MANHATTAN” tells the story of the project from the Los Alamos perspective. Led by J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Los Alamos technical staff of approximately 1,700 employees designed, built, tested, and helped deliver the world’s first nuclear weapons in combat only 27 months after the Laboratory held its first major technical conference. Atomic bombs helped bring history’s deadliest conflict to a victorious conclusion, but not before 60-80 million people had been killed worldwide.

Los Alamos Daily Post article on Dr Carr’s talk for SFWAF: https://ladailypost.com/lanl-senior-historian-alan-carr-discusses-manhattan-project-at-santa-fe-world-affairs-forum/

Alan B CarrAlan B. Carr currently serves as a Program Manager and the Senior Historian for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Los During his tenure as a laboratory historian, which began in 2003, Alan has produced several publications and lectures pertaining to the Manhattan Project, nuclear testing history, and the historical evolution of LANL. He has lectured for numerous professional organizations and has been featured as a guest on many local, national, and international radio and television programs. Before coming to Los Alamos, Carr completed his graduate studies at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Location: The SFWAF Program will be in the SFCC Board Room (#223) which is in the West Wing (Administration building) of the Santa Fe Community College.

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The Speaker

Alan B. Carr
Alan B. CarrProgram Manager and the Senior Historian for Los Alamos National Laboratory
Alan B. Carr currently serves as a Program Manager and the Senior Historian for Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Los During his tenure as a laboratory historian, which began in 2003, Alan has produced several publications and lectures pertaining to the Manhattan Project, nuclear testing history, and the historical evolution of LANL. He has lectured for numerous professional organizations and has been featured as a guest on many local, national, and international radio and television programs. Before coming to Los Alamos, Carr completed his graduate studies at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

The Los Alamos view of the Manhattan Project2022-09-18T20:10:04-07:00

Creative (Climate) Communications for a Better World

May 04, 2022

Professor Max Boykoff

Conversations about climate change at the science-policy interface and in our lives have been stuck. In this webinar Professor Boykoff highlights dimensions of his recent book ‘Creative (Climate) Communications’ that integrate lessons from the social sciences and humanities to more effectively make connections through issues, people, and things that everyday citizens care about.

He suggests that this has worked to enhance our understanding that there is no ‘silver bullet’ to communications about climate change. He argues that a ‘silver buckshot’ approach is needed instead, where strategies effectively reach different audiences in different contexts.

Tactics emanating from this approach can then significantly improve efforts that seek meaningful, substantive, and sustained responses to contemporary climate challenges. He suggests that this can also help effectively re-capture a common or middle ground on climate change in the public arena. The presentation will highlight endeavors that harness creativity to try to better understand what kinds of communications work where, when, why, and under what conditions in the twenty-first century communication environment.

Professor Boykoff’s webinar concludes SFWAF’s Warming World four part spring webinar series on Climate Change. Please look for videos of previous presentations on our website videos library.

Maxwell Boykoff

Max Boykoff is a Professor in the Environmental Studies Department (where he now serves as Chair) at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also a Fellow in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. Among his ongoing work, Max was a contributing author to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on mitigation and policy action that was released April 4 and he has been an advisor on the ‘Don’t Look Up’ film project.

The Speaker

Max Boykoff
Max BoykoffProfessor in the Environmental Studies Department (where he now serves as Chair) at the University of Colorado Boulder
Max Boykoff is a Professor in the Environmental Studies Department (where he now serves as Chair) at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also a Fellow in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. Among his ongoing work, Max was a contributing author to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on mitigation and policy action that was released April 4 and he has been an advisor on the ‘Don’t Look Up’ film project.

Creative (Climate) Communications for a Better World2022-04-29T19:52:01-07:00

Responding to COVID-19 While Preparing for the Next Pandemic: Latest Developments in Global Health Security

April 27, 2022

Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.)

The world continues to blame COVID, and the poorest countries’ lack access to adequate vaccine supplies and the logistics to deliver them. The “Global South” has been calling for global health equity while the “Global North” has emphasized the need for global health security. International organizations remain deeply engaged in the current pandemic response even as the World Health Organization also looks to the future. WHO member states have begun negotiating a possible pandemic treaty so the world is better prepared for the next pandemic. Its prospects are uncertain.

John Lange

Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.) is Senior Fellow for Global Health Diplomacy at the United Nations Foundation, where he focuses on issues related to global health security and the work of the World Health Organization. He has held leadership positions in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the Measles & Rubella Initiative. Earlier, he spent four years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation engaging in high-level global health advocacy with African governments.

Lange had a distinguished 28-year career in the Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, where he was a pioneer in the field of global health diplomacy and a leader in pandemic preparedness and response. He was the State Department’s Special
Representative on Avian and Pandemic Influenza from 2006-2009. He also served tours of duty as Deputy Inspector General; Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator at the inception of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief; and U.S. Ambassador to Botswana and Special Representative to the Southern African Development Community (1999-2002), where HIV/AIDS was his signature issue.

Lange led the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as Chargé d’Affaires at the time of the August 7, 1998, Al-Qaeda bombing, for which he received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award. Earlier, he had tours of duty at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and the American Embassies in Lomé, Togo; Paris, France; and Mexico City, Mexico.

He has an M.S. degree from the National War College and J.D. and B.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Speaker

Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.)
Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.) Fellow for Global Health Diplomacy at the United Nations Foundation
Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.) is Senior Fellow for Global Health Diplomacy at the United Nations Foundation, where he focuses on issues related to global health security and the work of the World Health Organization. He has held leadership positions in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the Measles & Rubella Initiative. Earlier, he spent four years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation engaging in high-level global health advocacy with African governments.

Lange had a distinguished 28-year career in the Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, where he was a pioneer in the field of global health diplomacy and a leader in pandemic preparedness and response. He was the State Department’s Special
Representative on Avian and Pandemic Influenza from 2006-2009. He also served tours of duty as Deputy Inspector General; Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator at the inception of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief; and U.S. Ambassador to Botswana and Special Representative to the Southern African Development Community (1999-2002), where HIV/AIDS was his signature issue.

Lange led the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as Chargé d’Affaires at the time of the August 7, 1998, Al-Qaeda bombing, for which he received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award. Earlier, he had tours of duty at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and the American Embassies in Lomé, Togo; Paris, France; and Mexico City, Mexico.

He has an M.S. degree from the National War College and J.D. and B.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Responding to COVID-19 While Preparing for the Next Pandemic: Latest Developments in Global Health Security2022-04-29T19:04:42-07:00

Planning for Resilience: What can be legally done to mitigate disruptive environmental and other severe events and adjust to their impacts?

April 13, 2022

Professor Catherine Banet

The number of severe and sometimes catastrophic disruptive events has been rapidly increasing. Extreme weather events including floods, wildfires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters have become both more frequent and more severe, whilst events such as the COVID-19 pandemic represent a global threat to public health with huge economic effects that recovery packages tried to address.

These disruptive events, alone and in combination, have dramatic consequences on nature, human life, and the economy, calling for urgent action to mitigate their causes and adapt to their impacts.

Dr Banet’s talk is based on a new book for which she is lead co-editor: Resilience in Energy Infrastructure and Natural Resources Law.

Catherine Banet

Catherine Banet (PhD) is Associate Professor at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, Head of the Department of Energy and Resources Law, University of Oslo, Norway. Her research focuses on renewable energy, support schemes and alternative financing models, energy market design, energy infrastructures regulation, climate change mitigation measures including carbon capture and storage (CCS), offshore wind and hydrogen regulation. She has background from private law practice (Norway, France), the European Commission (DG ENV), U.S. diplomatic mission and academia. She is member of the Advisory Academic Group to the International Bar Association, Section for Energy, Environment and Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL), and Academic Fellow at the Center on Regulation in Europe (CERRE). She is the Chair of the Board of the Norwegian Energy Law Association

The Speaker

Catherine Banet
Catherine BanetAssociate Professor at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, Head of the Department of Energy and Resources Law, University of Oslo, Norway
Catherine Banet (PhD) is Associate Professor at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, Head of the Department of Energy and Resources Law, University of Oslo, Norway. Her research focuses on renewable energy, support schemes and alternative financing models, energy market design, energy infrastructures regulation, climate change mitigation measures including carbon capture and storage (CCS), offshore wind and hydrogen regulation. She has background from private law practice (Norway, France), the European Commission (DG ENV), U.S. diplomatic mission and academia. She is member of the Advisory Academic Group to the International Bar Association, Section for Energy, Environment and Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL), and Academic Fellow at the Center on Regulation in Europe (CERRE). She is the Chair of the Board of the Norwegian Energy Law Association

Planning for Resilience: What can be legally done to mitigate disruptive environmental and other severe events and adjust to their impacts?2022-04-11T20:14:08-07:00

A New Cold War in the Arctic: the US, China and Russia?

April 06, 2022

Ambassador (ret.) Kenneth S. Yalowitz

As US and world attention are riveted on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the effects of global warming in the Arctic with respect to US relations with Russia and China based on the need for sustainable economic development and increasing environmental protection have not disappeared. They remain existential problems for the planet. What do the rising temperatures in the Arctic region mean in terms of their outsized significance and in particular their causal effects on rising sea levels and extreme weather events globally? How has the Ukraine war affected cooperation in the Arctic Council and will the Arctic become yet another area where confrontation not cooperation prevail?

Ambassador Yalowitz was a career Foreign Service Officer from 1966-2001 and served twice as U.S. ambassador: to the Republic of Belarus from 1994-1997; and to Georgia from 1998-2001. Other overseas assignments included Moscow (twice) including in 1991 at the time of the breakup of the USSR, The Hague and the US Mission to NATO in Brussels. In 1984, Ambassador Yalowitz received a State Department superior honor award for crisis management in the shootdown of KAL-007. He was chosen for the Ambassador Robert Frasure award for peacemaking and conflict prevention in 2000 for his work to prevent the spillover of the Chechen war into Georgia. In 2009, he was invited to join the American Academy of Diplomacy whose members are former senior US Ambassadors and high-level government officials and in 2011 he was elected to membership in the Council on Foreign Relations.

Following his retirement in 2001 from the Department of State, Ambassador Yalowitz began teaching graduate courses at Georgetown University dealing with Russia’s conflicts with its South Caucasus neighbors. From 2003-12 he directed the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. During that time, he co-taught courses with faculty members on authoritarianism and democracy in the former USSR and the politics of language in the South Caucasus countries. He then returned to teaching at Georgetown where he was asked to serve as the Director of the Conflict Resolution MA Program from June 30, 2015 to July 1, 2018. Subsequently, he remained an adjunct professor at Georgetown, was the Cyrus Vance Visiting Scholar at Mount Holyoke College in the Spring Term of 2019, and most recently started teaching at Virginia Tech as an adjunct.

His opeds or articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, The National Interest, The American Interest, The Hill, Politico, Newsweek, and Moscow Times amongst others and he is frequently interviewed and quoted. Ambassador Yalowitz is from Chicago (DOB May 28, 1941), graduated from the University of Wisconsin and has an MA, MPhil and Russian Institute Certificate from Columbia University. He speaks Russian.

The Speaker

Kenneth S. Yalowitz
Kenneth S. Yalowitz Ambassador (ret.)
Ambassador (ret.) Kenneth S. Yalowitz was a career Foreign Service Officer from 1966-2001 and served twice as U.S. ambassador: to the Republic of Belarus from 1994-1997; and to Georgia from 1998-2001. Other overseas assignments included Moscow (twice) including in 1991 at the time of the breakup of the USSR, The Hague and the US Mission to NATO in Brussels. In 1984, Ambassador Yalowitz received a State Department superior honor award for crisis management in the shootdown of KAL-007. He was chosen for the Ambassador Robert Frasure award for peacemaking and conflict prevention in 2000 for his work to prevent the spillover of the Chechen war into Georgia. In 2009, he was invited to join the American Academy of Diplomacy whose members are former senior US Ambassadors and high-level government officials and in 2011 he was elected to membership in the Council on Foreign Relations.

Following his retirement in 2001 from the Department of State, Ambassador Yalowitz began teaching graduate courses at Georgetown University dealing with Russia’s conflicts with its South Caucasus neighbors. From 2003-12 he directed the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. During that time, he co-taught courses with faculty members on authoritarianism and democracy in the former USSR and the politics of language in the South Caucasus countries. He then returned to teaching at Georgetown where he was asked to serve as the Director of the Conflict Resolution MA Program from June 30, 2015 to July 1, 2018. Subsequently, he remained an adjunct professor at Georgetown, was the Cyrus Vance Visiting Scholar at Mount Holyoke College in the Spring Term of 2019, and most recently started teaching at Virginia Tech as an adjunct.

His opeds or articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, The National Interest, The American Interest, The Hill, Politico, Newsweek, and Moscow Times amongst others and he is frequently interviewed and quoted. Ambassador Yalowitz is from Chicago (DOB May 28, 1941), graduated from the University of Wisconsin and has an MA, MPhil and Russian Institute Certificate from Columbia University. He speaks Russian.

A New Cold War in the Arctic: the US, China and Russia?2022-04-09T20:07:53-07:00

The Intent and Reality of Foreign Assistance to Afghanistan: Experience from Obama’s Surge

March 09, 2022

Rebecca Black

The U.S. government spent $145 billion to rebuild and develop Afghanistan over the past 20 years. Funds were implemented by a dozen USG agencies including USAID, a major player in supporting a range of activities, from building roads and power plants to improving education and health, governance, and income generation. Themes of democracy and women’s empowerment played alongside counterinsurgency and stability. Funding was big and pressure strong to deliver results in a country with diverse cultures and geography, and limited access due to the nature of war.

Rebecca Black served 25 years as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID, achieving the rank of Minister Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service. She most recently served as USAID Mission Director for Cambodia and for Mali, managing a diverse portfolio including health, education, agriculture, and governance.

Ms. Black served as the Deputy Mission Director for USAID Afghanistan and as economic and urban environment program director in India, South Africa, and Poland. Ms. Black began her professional career in community economic development in Boston, Massachusetts, following completion of a master degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ms. Black now lives in New Mexico, working occasionally on international development assignments, and volunteer engagements.

The Speaker

US Senior Foreign Service Officer, USAID (rtd)
Rebecca Black served 25 years as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID, achieving the rank of Minister Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service. She most recently served as USAID Mission Director for Cambodia and for Mali, managing a diverse portfolio including health, education, agriculture, and governance.

Ms. Black served as the Deputy Mission Director for USAID Afghanistan and as economic and urban environment program director in India, South Africa, and Poland. Ms. Black began her professional career in community economic development in Boston, Massachusetts, following completion of a master degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ms. Black now lives in New Mexico, working occasionally on international development assignments, and volunteer engagements.

The Intent and Reality of Foreign Assistance to Afghanistan: Experience from Obama’s Surge2022-03-05T00:13:21-07:00
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