Celebrating Our 80th Anniversary Season
Songs of Peace
Sing, Share, Inspire!
First Concert of the Season
Music of Peace
Sunday, November 22, 2015, 3 p.m.
1000 Elm Street, Glenview, IL
If you were not able to attend our concert on November 22, you missed something very special.
Our guest speaker, Kennette Benedict, gave an informative and inspiring pre-concert talk about the role that Chicago has played over the past 80 years in efforts to bring about peace.
In celebration of our 80th season, the NSCS performed great works from past seasons as well as newer compositions, all focused on peace and reconciliation. Dr. Benedict introduced the music, providing additional quotes describing how the music and lyrics reflect our commitment to achieving peace and justice in the world.
Kennette Benedict is currently Senior Advisor to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The Bulletin engages "science leaders, policy makers, and interested public on topics of nuclear weapons and disarmament, the changing energy landscape, climate change, and emerging technologies." She will also be an in-concert narrator, linking musical selections to issues of peace, especially those relating to Chicago history.
Benedict served as executive director and publisher from 2005-2015 of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the leading scholarly magazine about threats to humanity from nuclear weapons, climate change, and emerging technologies. She also published columns and articles, and gave media interviews about nuclear weapons and disarmament, nuclear power, climate change, and global governance.
She teaches at the University of Chicago, where she is also a Senior Fellow at the Energy Policy Institute, and writes a regular column for the Bulletin.
Before joining the Bulletin, Benedict was the Director of International Peace and Security at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation from 1991-2005, overseeing grant making on a broad international security agenda, as well as supporting efforts to reduce the threat from weapons of mass destruction and an initiative on science, technology, and security.
Previously she taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She received her BA from Oberlin College and her PhD in political science from Stanford University.
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