Award-winning Nukewatch leader to present for 'Thursdays @ the U'

What are intercontinental ballistic missiles? Where are they located and why do we have them? Are they an outdated, dangerous technology or an essential part of a diverse defense network?

These and other questions will be addressed on Thursday, Nov. 15, from noon-1 p.m., when John LaForge presents "Land-Based Missiles: Dangerous, Useless, Expensive" for UW-Eau Claire – Barron County's "Thursdays @ the U" lecture and performance series. The event will be held in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus, 1800 College Drive.

LaForge has worked on the staff of Nukewatch, a nuclear watchdog and environmental justice group in Wisconsin, since 1992. He edits its quarterly newsletter and is a regular contributor to CounterPunch.org, Peacevoice.org and the Duluth Reader Weekly. Along with Arianne Peterson, he co-edited Nukewatch's 2015 book "Nuclear Heartland, Revised: A Guide to the 450 Land-Based Missiles of the United States."

Nukewatch is an affiliate of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. LaForge has testified in the British and Dutch parliaments on the status of U.S.-depleted uranium weapons. He is a recipient of the Peace and Justice Studies Association’s 2004 Social Courage Award, the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice and the 1986 War Resisters League Peace Award.

For more information about "Thursdays @ the U," contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at linda.tollefsrud@uwc.edu or 715-234-8176, ext. 5417.