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CU Professor to attend Japan Weapons Conference

One Cornerstone University professor will be packing his bags for Japan to attend the “Nuclear Weapons and Our Globalizing Century” seminar this summer.

Michael Van Dyke, associate professor of humanities at CU, will hear lectures from public officials and have opportunities to meet with church leaders, educators and citizens who survived the World War II bombings. The seminar will address how Christians should approach conversation about the nuclear age in which we live.

A group of 20 professional educators were selected from across the whole CCCU (Council for Christian Colleges and Universities) to attend the seminar. To be selected, Van Dyke applied and submitted a plan to share the knowledge he attains with CU’s campus. Upon returning, he plans to educate colleagues at a faculty meeting and host a panel discussion for the student body.

As global resources become less scarce and more countries gain access to materials of nuclear weapons, the imminent threat of nuclear warfare becomes nearer to reality.

“It’s scary,” Van Dyke said. “And there is really no discussion about this in American Christian academia.”

Since the end of the Cold War in 1989, people have the tendency to write off nuclear weapons as a thing of the past. Even though countries with political tensions, such as India and Pakistan, have nuclear weapons, and North Korea continues to threaten neighboring countries with their nuclear technology.

During the 10-day seminar, he will visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where atomic bombs were first employed.

Those two Japanese cities are the birthplace of atomic warfare, said Van Dyke.

“I think it’s symbolically appropriate,” he said.