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Contact: Pam Kleiss, Physicians for Social Responsibility WI, 608-232-9945, cell 608-338-6492, info@psrwisconsin.org

“First Lady of Nuclear-Freeze Movement” Arrives for Earth Day Events

Public lecture:  Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 PM on the UW-Madison campus

Dr. Helen Caldicott, a Nobel Prize nominee called "one of the most influential women of the 20th Century" by the Smithsonian, is speaking in Madison this week in honor of Earth Day.

For 38 years, Dr. Caldicott has led an international campaign to educate the public about the threats to human survival in the nuclear age. Born in Australia, Dr. Caldicott worked as a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston. In the late 1970s and early 1980s -- a time when a "winnable nuclear war" was considered a serious U.S. policy option -- Dr. Caldicott travelled the world giving speeches, television and radio appearances, and writing articles and books. Her unremitting efforts contributed greatly to activating the public and to bringing about changes in nuclear policy in the U.S. and around the world.

She helped launch many organizations, including Physicians for Social Responsibility (past president), Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament (president emeritus), Nuclear Policy Research Institute (current president) and the Nuclear Freeze Voter Initiative Campaign (past president). She is a prolific author of books and articles, including Nuclear Madness: What You Can Do (Revised Edition), W.W. Norton, New York, 1994; Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer, The New Press, New York, 2006. Her most recent book is If You Love This Planet, W.W. Norton, New York, was revised and updated in 2009.

The media is invited to hear Dr. Caldicott speak at a free, public lecture, "If you love this planet: A plan to save the earth," on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 PM on the UW-Madison campus (Mosse Humanities Bldg., Room 3650). She will also speak about the health impacts of nuclear power, specifically the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant disaster in Japan, to the Madison medical community at multiple events throughout the week. A list of all her events in Madison can be found at http://www.psr.org/chapters/wisconsin/events/.

Tuesday’s public lecture is cosponsored by the UW-Madison A.E. Havens Center; The Madison Institute; The Linda & Gene Farley Center for Peace, Justice & Sustainability; Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice; and Nukewatch.

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