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

  • Culture and Nuclear Weapons at Tribeca Film Festival

    Since the Nuclear Freeze movement of 1980s ended along with the Cold War, there has been little popular attention paid to the dangers nuclear weapons pose to humanity. This is especially worrying because many experts believe we are on the brink of a new nuclear arms race. But beyond the nuclear...

    May 6, 2016 - By Elizabeth Warner
  • Tribeca Film Festival Goes Nuclear

    This year’s Tribeca Film Festival showcased a number of features focused on the threats posed by nuclear weapons. The famed festival closed with a groundbreaking multimedia installation called the bomb, funded in part by Ploughshares Fund. Festival organizers are calling it the ‘most...

    April 22, 2016 - By Will Lowry
  • Donor Spotlight

    Joel Dobson, a former officer who was in the Strategic Air Command in the 1960s, lives in North Carolina where a near-nuclear accident known as the Goldsboro Broken Arrow took place more than 50 years ago. Joel recently wrote...

    February 26, 2016 - By Will Lowry
  • Why think about nuclear weapons?

    Why think about nuclear weapons? Because the threat is real. A former CIA operative, a Hollywood actor, a mom and other Americans talk about why this issue is so important to them, and why they support Ploughshares Fund. You too can make a difference.

    November 24, 2015 - By Will Lowry
  • White Paper: Changing Cultural Conceptions of Nuclear Weapons

    Nuclear weapons have been around for almost 70 years. In that time, nuclear weapons have become just a synonym for “the ultimate weapon;” Hollywood’s trump card in case of dangerous terrorists, deranged dictators or alien attack.

    It’s as if we have collectively forgotten the real horror...

    July 22, 2014 - By Margaret Swink