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Pace University Professors and Members of the New York Tau Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu See Lifelong Dream Realized as the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Wins Nobel Peace Prize

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Dr. Matthew Bolton, Model UN students, and students enrolled in Dr. Bolton's disarmament class visit the United Nations headquarters in New York on October 7, 2016.

MedalsDr. Emily Welty and Dr. Matthew Bolton holding their Pi Gamma Mu Scholarship Medals.
Pace University Students and their Professors, Dr. Matthew Bolton and Dr. Emily Welty, have been working diligently with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017.  Welty is the Vice Moderator of the World Council of Churches Commission on International Affairs which is a member of ICAN and Main Representative to the United Nations for the International Peace Research Association. Her focus has been primarily been on mobilizing communities of faith to speak out on nuclear disarmament.  Bolton was part of a specific ICAN team that advocated successfully for the treaty to include victim assistance and environmental remediation provisions, as well as obligations on states to provide international cooperation and assistance to countries affected by nuclear weapons use and testing.

ICAN received the prize "for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons".  Bolton and Welty along with many of their students are lifetime members of the New York Tau Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu at Pace University.  The two faculty members were honored by the chapter on November 8th when they were presented with engraved Pi Gamma Mu Scholarship Medals.  Dr. Linda Quest is the long-time Chapter Faculty Sponsor of the New York Tau Chapter which was established in 1968.

During an October, 2017 visit to the UN (pictured above) a group including Dr. Bolton and some of his students got a tour of the UN building, including the General Assembly room (where they got to stand at the famous podium), listened to the First Committee in session and they received briefings from personnel in the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch and Conventional Arms Branch. 

Congratulations to both Dr. Bolton and Dr. Welty on their participation in the Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons!



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