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Art, Peace, and Health

October 26, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck St #3
MA 02115

Art, Peace, and HealthCelebrating the Boston medical community’s leading role in understanding and preventing the disastrous consequences of nuclear war

On Friday, October 26, 2018, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility (GBPSR), founded by Harvard affiliated and other Boston area medical professionals, are featured at an event celebrating the two Nobel Peace Prizes received by IPPNW in 1985 and in 2017, as the founding partner of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

The reception and program will be sponsored by the Countway Library of Medicine, at Harvard Medical School highlights the Nobel Peace Prizes, and follows the Harvard Medical School’s October 4 symposium on “The History, Uses, and Future of the Nobel Prize.”  The October 26 event also opens an exhibit of original poster art by Corita Kent  that was presented to GBPSR in the 1980s in recognition of its work for a world without war.  The event will be open to Boston’s medical community and the public, will feature some of the founders and current, active board members of IPPNW and GBPSR.

To acknowledge a new generation in the continuing international effort to abolish nuclear weapons, young physicians and medical students from Central America, Africa, Europe, and the U.S. will address the recently approved United Nations Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and renewed efforts in the US to reduce and eliminate the danger of nuclear war through the “Back from the Brink” campaign.

Official replica medals of the 1985 and 2017 Nobel Peace Prizes will be on display at the Library event, and refreshments will be served.  International music will be performed by musicians from around the world, as well as chamber music from members of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, which is partnering with IPPNW and GBPSR this fall.  All guests are invited to learn more about this important work at this critical time in world history.