President of The Helen Caldicott Foundation and anti-nuclear war activist Dr. Helen Caldicott will speak as part of the conference on Global Citizenship: Social and Environmental Justice at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Caldicott will present a talk titled “Global Citizenship Reconsidered: The Social and Environmental Justice Path.”
For nearly 40 years, Caldicott has worked to educate people across the globe on the medical hazards of living in a nuclear age. Her work has extended to examining the effects of human behavior on the destruction of the environment, and has worked to encourage those she addresses to alter their actions for the sake of the earth – and humankind.
Caldicott received her medical degree (MBBS) from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 1961, and went on to found the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at the Adelaide Children’s Hospital in 1975. Shortly after, Caldicott became an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and joined the staff of the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston.
Although Caldicott’s interest in nuclear war and its prevention began while she lived in Australia, working with trade unions to educate their members on the dangers of uranium mining, it was while living in the United States that Caldicott left the medical profession to pursue the prevention of nuclear war. Caldicott founded the Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament and co-founded Physicians for Social Responsibility, an organization committed to educating physicians on the dangers of nuclear power, as well as the international umbrella group, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War – which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.
In 1995, Caldicott became a lecturer at the New School for Social Research and also began to host a weekly radio talk show on WBAI. During this time, she also founded the Standing for Truth About Radiation (STAR) Foundation. Caldicott’s work has received numerous awards and accolades including the Lannan Foundation’s Prize for Cultural Freedom in 2003, 21 honorary doctoral degrees and a Nobel Peace Prize nomination from Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling. Recently, The Smithsonian named Caldicott one of the most influential women of the 20th century.
Caldicott is the author of seven books. Her book “If You Love this Planet,” inspired a film of the same name which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1982. Caldicott has been the subject of several films, including Academy Award-nominated documentary “Eight Minutes to Midnight” and “Helen’s War: Portrait of a Dissident,” which won several Australian film awards.
As she continued to lecture throughout the United States and Australia, Caldicott founded the Nuclear Policy Research Institute. In addition to being the current president of The Helen Caldicott Foundation, or Nuclear-Free Planet, which seeks to provide educational outreach and encourage action against nuclear war, Caldicott also hosts a weekly radio show, “If You Love this Planet,” and acts as spokesperson for People for a Nuclear-Free Australia, which she also founded. Caldicott is also a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board advising José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain.
For more information about Caldicott, visit http://www.helencaldicott.com/.