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Collaboration Offers a New Look at the Nuclear Predicament

March 20, 2000 Geneva, NY – Four professors from Hobart and William Smith Colleges have joined forces for the second time-this time to revise a text on which they originally collaborated nearly 10 years ago.

Peter Beckman, professor of political science; Paul Crumlish, HWS librarian; Michael Dobkowski, professor of religious studies; and Steven Lee, professor of philosophy, first came together in the late 1980s to write The Nuclear Predicament: Nuclear Weapons in the Cold War and Beyond (published in 1991).

Recently published is their new book, The Nuclear Predicament: Nuclear Weapons in the Twenty-First Century, which has been thoroughly revised to reflect the changes that the end of the Cold War brought to nuclear issues. This interdisciplinary text shows how nuclear weapons have changed the world-militarily, politically, socially, and ethically.

Seeking to shake readers out of their nuclear complacency, the book fully examines the evolving nuclear predicament (that nuclear weapons can be massively destructive, yet we are moving into a period when nuclear weapons are more likely to be used) and considers particular strategies to cope with and shape the nuclear future.

The four professors have a combined tenure at the Colleges of nearly 70 years, and over the years have frequently collaborated with each other and with others to foster an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning.

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