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

  • Seven Questions for Cecili Thompson Williams

    Cecili Thompson Williams is the Director of Ploughshares Fund grantee and partner, Beyond the Bomb, where she leads a team of campaigners and activists mobilizing against the threat of nuclear war and weapons. She has nearly two decades of experience leading mission-driven campaigns with...

    April 22, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Hollywood and Nuclear Weapons

    Ploughshares Fund and Hollywood, Health & Society co-sponsored a discussion on building a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons that brought together activists, experts, policy-makers and top names in entertainment, including actor/producer Michael Douglas. The multi-award-winning...

    April 17, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Diversity Makes Better Policy

    At a time when our global challenges are more complex than ever, it is particularly unfortunate that the decisionmaking levers of foreign and security policy do not reflect the rich diversity of cultures and perspectives that make up the United States. US foreign and security policy is...

    April 3, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • A Feminist Nuclear Policy

    I founded the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy because I kept seeing the same patterns in foreign policy: the exclusion of marginalized communities in policymaking, the pressure on women to bear the burden of peacekeeping and the insistence that gendered ideas (in particular those relying on...

    April 3, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla is coming to a screen near you on May 31, 2019. Hollywood’s latest action-packed thrill ride. But will it keep faith with the original Godzilla — one of the world’s first anti-nuclear movies? Despite dozens of sequels and reboots that got sillier with each iteration, the first “King of...

    March 28, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • New Momentum for Saner Nuclear Policy

    Nearly 200 people attended "New Momentum for Saner Nuclear Policy," an in-depth panel discussion with activists, actors and experts on Monday, March 18 at the SilverScreen Theater at the Pacific Design Center in Hollywood. The event featured award-winning actor Michael Douglas, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-...

    March 20, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Join us in Los Angeles

    Monday, March 18, 2019, join us in Los Angeles for an in-depth discussion about the momentum building for a new, saner nuclear policy and how California can lead the way to a safer, more secure world. Featuring: Michael Douglas, Award-winning Actor/Producer & UN Messenger for Peace; Rep. Ted...

    February 1, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Remembering the Hawaii False Alarm

    January 13 marks the one-year anniversary of the false Hawaii missile alert. That’s when nearly every radio, television and cell phone in Hawaii broadcast a mistaken official message that read, "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill." Hawaiians...

    January 9, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • 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