Pondering Hiroshima

Aug 6, 2020
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Andrew J. BacevichBoston University

Archbishop Timothy BroglioArchdiocese of the Military Services, USA

Drew Christiansen, S.J.Georgetown University

Joseph CapizziCatholic University of America

  • Pondering Hiroshima
    • Joseph Capizzi, Catholic University of America
    • Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Archdiocese of the Military Services, USA
    • Andrew J. Bacevich, Boston University
    • Drew Christiansen, S.J., Georgetown University

Cosponsored by America Media, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, and the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America.

Free and open to the public. The event will be held online over Zoom and will be livestreamed on YouTube. Registrants will also get a specially created booklet drawing on the archives of America Magazine’s coverage of Hiroshima from the past 75 years. 

On August 6th and 9th, 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The bombs destroyed the cities in a flash, and ultimately killed approximately 200,000 people. The Second World War came to a close days later. 1945 was the first and last time a nuclear bomb was used in armed conflict. This technology has influenced international relations ever since and has raised questions about the appropriate use of force in a way that the firebombing of Dresden and Tokyo did not. The site of the bomb's genesis was not a military base, however, but at the University of Chicago, where the first self-sustaining nuclear reaction took place three years earlier, opening the nuclear age and giving rise to a new source of energy, life-saving technologies, and unparalleled destruction. Join as we reflect upon the legacy and tension caught up in the event that was Hiroshima.

This event is dedicated to the memory of John P. Langan, S.J., noted professor, theologian and peace activist. 



Image © AP Photo/Stanley Troutman


Andrew J. Bacevich is President of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, and Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he received his PhD in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University, he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins. Bacevich is the author of Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country (2013), Washington Rules:  America’s Path to Permanent War (2010) and The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (2008). His essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of scholarly and general interest publications including The Wilson Quarterly, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Nation,and The New Republic. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Boston Globe, and Los Angeles Times, among other newspapers.

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio is the fourth Archbishop of the Military Services USA. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Classics at Boston College, an S.T.B. in Theology and a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. Archbishop Broglio, Bishop-Secretary of the USCCB, served as a Member of the Board of Directors of CRS from 2009-2011,  as chairman of the USCCB Committee for Canonical Affairs and Church Governance and was a member of the Subcommittee for the Defense of Marriage. He is currently a member of the Committee for International Justice and Peace and again a Member of the Board of CRS. Archbishop Broglio also chaired the Task Force charged with planning the 2013 Special Assembly of the Conference and was a member of the Subcommittee for Health Care.

Fr. Drew Christiansen, S.J., is Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Human Development in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. He holds his Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. from Yale University; an S.T.M. and M.Div. from Woodstock College; and an A. B. from Fordham University. Fr. Christiansen is the co-author of Forgiveness in International Politics: A New Road to Peace (2004, with William Bole and Robert Hennemeyer) and co-editor of Peacemaking: Moral and Policy Issues for a New World (1994, with Robert Hennemeyer and Gerard F. Powers), “And God Said It Was Good”: Catholic Theology and the Environment (1996, with Walter Grazer), and Michel Sabbah: Faithful Witness: On Reconciliation and Peace in the Holy Land (2009, with Michel Sabbah). He has published more than 200 articles in five languages.

Joseph E. Capizzi is Ordinary Professor of Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America. He teaches in the areas of social and political theology, with special interests in issues in peace and war, citizenship, political authority, and Augustinian theology. He has written, lectured, and published widely on just war theory, bioethics, the history of moral theology, and political liberalism. Dr. Capizzi is the Executive Director of the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, a Masters in Theological Studies from Emory University, and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He lives in Maryland with his wife and six children.