Kent Memorial Library, in association with the James A Garfield Center for Public Leadership of Hiram College present


The Oppenheimer Legacy:
Nuclear Threats, Deterrence, and Arms Control in Today’s World

with John Lauder, in conversation with Sarah Chase


SATURDAY, MARCH 9 at 2 p.m. at the Town Hall in Kent.


The Oscar-nominated movie Oppenheimer raises vital issues about the role of nuclear weapons that are still relevant nearly 80 years after the first development of these world-altering weapons of both destruction and deterrence.

Their relevance has been underscored by recent events such as the conflicts in the Middle East, Ukraine and renewed threats of the use of nuclear weapons by rogue actors around the world. We live in a time when nations are ever-more poised on the brink of a new nuclear arms race, made more concerning by the prospect of additional states joining the nuclear club and the possibility of terrorist groups gaining access to nuclear or radiological weapons.   .

A key reason for these trends is that the fabric of agreements that provided strategic stability for decades is fraying, and the future of treaties that reduced threats and provided predictability is uncertain.

On the eve of the Oscar’s consideration of Oppenheimer the movie, the Kent Memorial Library, in association with the James A Garfield Center for Public Leadership of Hiram College, will host an event to discuss current nuclear challenges and future prospects with a leading expert on intelligence and arms control monitoring.   How did we get to this point and is there an achievable way ahead?  The discussion will be moderated by Kent-native and fellow Garfield scholar, Sarah A. Chase.

The distinguished guest of honor for this important discussion is John A. Lauder. Mr. Lauder is one of the founders of the James A. Garfield Center for Public Leadership at Hiram College and continues to serve as an adviser to the Center. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control and an independent consultant on nonproliferation, arms control monitoring, and intelligence.  He retired from the US government with over 33 years of managerial, analytical, and policy experience in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and as an arms control negotiator.

Before joining CIA, he served in the United States Army and on the staff of a Congressional committee.  His last three assignments in the government were as Deputy Director of National Support at the NRO, Director of CIA’s Nonproliferation Center, and Chief of the Intelligence Community’s Arms Control Intelligence Staff.

Mr. Lauder served subsequently as a senior manager and corporate officer within Areteꞌ Associates.  He continues to be instrumental in shaping research and strategic planning in the public and private sectors, including as a member of government, academic, laboratory, and nonprofit advisory panels.  He has helped lead influential studies to improve intelligence on weapons of mass destruction and to facilitate verification of international agreements.

Mr. Lauder has received multiple awards for his leadership and innovation in collection systems, analytical approaches, and vital national security initiatives and decisions. He has a B.A. Summa Cum Laude from Hiram College and an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University.