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October 19, 2005

Anti-Nuclear Advocate to Give Public Lecture at U of G

The Australian physician and activist named by the Smithsonian as one of the most influential women of the 20th century will give a free public lecture Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at War Memorial Hall.

Dr. Helen Caldicott has spent more than 35 years speaking out against the use of nuclear weapons. Her lecture, titled “The Age of Nuclear Terrorism,” is sponsored by Science for Peace Guelph and U of G’s Office of Student Affairs and Human Rights and Equity Office. An introduction will be given by University of Toronto professor Paul Hamel, a member and former president of Science for Peace.

In the 1970s, Caldicott played a major role in Australia’s opposition to French atmospheric testing in the Pacific Ocean and worked with the Australian trade union to educate its members about the medical dangers of the nuclear fuel cycle, with particular reference to uranium mining. She founded the Nuclear Policy Research Institute and co-founded Physicians for Social Responsibility and Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament.

The author of five books, including Nuclear Madness, Missile Envy, If You Love This Planet: A Plan to Heal the Earth and A Desperate Passion: An Autobiography, Caldicott has received 19 honorary degrees, including a doctorate of laws from U of G in 1991. Her most recent book, The New Nuclear Danger: George Bush’s Military Industrial Complex, was published in 2001.

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