Culture and Nuclear Weapons

If we change our cultural conceptions of nuclear weapons, we can make the world safer from nuclear threats.

The dangers of nuclear weapons are rarely communicated in a way that is compelling and accessible, despite the fact that these risks affect us all. At Ploughshares Fund, we are exploring the power of media, technology, and popular culture to change perceptions and attitudes. Learn more about our Cultural Change Initiative here.

Latest News, Analysis and Explorations of Culture and Nuclear Weapons

  • 11 Essential Books on Nuclear Weapons

    Staying engaged in the effort to prevent nuclear war requires an understanding of the history of nuclear weapons and the impact their use and production has had on people and the planet. We’ve compiled a diverse list of some of the best books about nuclear weapons. From well-loved classics, to...

    September 19, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • How to Prevent Nuclear War

    Preventing nuclear war is too important to leave to people who have brought the world to the brink of catastrophe on numerous occasions. An issue of this gravity cannot be left to people who believe the benefits of nuclear weapons outweigh their risks. You can work to prevent nuclear war today....

    September 7, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Madam Secretary and Nuclear Threats

    On May, 22, 2018, Ploughshares Fund hosted a special viewing of the season finale for the CBS award-winning show Madam Secretary at Writers Guild of America, West. In this episode, Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord and cabinet members braced for the fallout at home and abroad as President...

    May 9, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • We encourage you to come see, "All the Shah's Men," a play by Matthew Spangler. This original work based on Stephen Kinzer's award-winning book by the same name will be on stage in San Francisco's Mission District, May 3-20. Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA Directed by...

    April 13, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Nuclear Weapons, Race and Justice in the Trump Era

    Watch the complete video from KODX Seattle of Dr. Vincent Intondi's lecture on nuclear weapons, race and justice in the Trump era. This lecture took place at University of Washington in Seattle, Washington on April 2, 2018. The United States is on a path to spend $1.7 trillion over the next 30...

    April 4, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Join us for an important discussion with Dr. Vincent Intondi

    Join us for an important discussion with Dr. Vincent Intondi, author of African Americans Against the Bomb, on the intersection of US nuclear weapons policy and the fight for racial equality, at the University of Washington on Monday, April 2. The United States is on a path to spend $1.7...

    March 23, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Speaking Up Locally Against Nuclear War

    On Tuesday March 20, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a resolution introduced by supervisor Katy Tang, the San Francisco Resolution Against Nuclear War. The resolution was proposed to her by activists from Beyond the Bomb, a grassroots initiative to support public mobilization. We...

    March 20, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • International Women’s Day 2018

    Right now, there is tremendous action happening across the country and around the world to advance women’s rights, human rights, and the right to a safe and secure future for all. But that future will not be realized as long as the fields of national security and foreign policy continue to be...

    March 8, 2018 - By Elizabeth Warner
  • Ben Rhodes and Eric Schlosser Join Ploughshares Fund Board of Directors

    We are thrilled that Ben Rhodes and Eric Schlosser are adding their formidable talents to the Ploughshares Fund Board of Directors. Ben Rhodes and Eric Schlosser are prominent figures in promoting the elimination of nuclear weapons threats. Ben Rhodes played a central role in developing nuclear...

    February 14, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Transforming Thinking, Advancing Policy

    Women have led, and are leading, the fight to create a safer, saner and more egalitarian future in many areas of civic life, and nuclear security is no different. Ploughshares Fund aims to increase women's leadership and to amplify the role and voices of women working to reduce nuclear threats....

    February 6, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund