On June 13th, in conjunction with the Federation of American Scientists and the King's College London War Studies Department, BASIC hosted a screening of a feature length documentary about a scientist who shaped history: Dr. Richard Garwin.
Dr. Richard Garwin was instrumental in the US design of the first successful hydrogen bomb, and has spent much of his career since trying to ensure such weapons would never be used. He has advised every president from Eisenhower to Obama. He was part of an elite group of scientists who were asked to help in crises from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan. Meeting renowned scientists, historians and politicians, the filmmakers accompany Dr.Garwin on his quest to build a more peaceful and sustainable world. From global warming, nuclear proliferation and disarmament to the energy crisis, Richard Garwin is committed to finding solutions to the world’s most daunting challenges.
GARWIN is the second collaboration by filmmakers Richard Breyer and Anand Kamalakar.
The event will also feature short presentations and a Q&A session by:
Charles D. Ferguson: President of the Federation of American Scientists. He has served as an officer on a nuclear ballistic missile submarine and studied nuclear engineering at the Naval Nuclear Power School. He went on to work with Monterey Institute’s Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) as its scientist-in-residence and the Council on Foreign Relations as the project director of the Independent Task Force on U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy.
Paul Ingram: Executive Director of the British American Security Information Council, developing BASIC’s long-term strategy to help reduce global nuclear dangers through disarmament and collaborative non-proliferation, coordinating operations in London and Washington. He leads on BASIC’s work as host to the BASIC Trident Commission in London. He has also recently been a talk show host on state Iranian TV and tutor at the National School of Government.