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Hiroshima for Global Peace

Critical Issues Forum Speaker Series2021 Critical Issues Forum Speaker Series!

Critical Issues Forum (CIF) is a project that aims to promote disarmament and nonproliferation education for high school students and teachers around the world for a safer and more peaceful world.

The Speaker Series Event will include interactive activities, breakout sessions, and more! Be sure not to miss this amazing opportunity!

Due to the ongoing pandemic, CNS is currently holding all CIF activities virtually.

Event Overview

  • Dates: Friday, October 8, 5 PM PDT

                       [8 pm EDT; Oct 9, 9 AM JST]

  • language: English
  • format: Online (zoom)
  • Speaker: Featuring Ms. Mary  Popeo, Co-Founder of Peace Culture Village (PCV) in Hiroshima. A Boston native now residing in Hiroshima, Ms. Popeo leads guided, virtual tours of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and surrounding areas, introducing visitors to the devastating  humanitarian impacts of the atomic bombing, as well as helping preserve the stories of Hibakusha (atomic bombing survivors). Utilizing immersive technology, such as augmented reality, Ms. Popeo collaborated with international partners to create an app to bring to life the stories of Hibakusha and help facilitate a more intimate connection to the past, building the empathy that is so vital in peace and disarmament activities. For Mary’s peace activities,
Photo credit: Mary Popeo LinkedIn

  • Panel discussion speakers: Shizuka Kuramitsu participated in CIF 2015 as a representative of Hiroshima Jogakuin Sr. High School.
    She joined the CTBTO Youth Group as the first ever high school student to do so. A graduate of the University of Mount Union, Shizuka continues to be involved in peace and disarmament activities. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA.


Using Technology and Education to Bring the Past to the Present
and the Future for Nuclear Disarmament

How to apply

Please register for Zoom participation from the following URL. After completing registration, you will receive a Zoom link to your email address.

Back number

  • Check out the last year’ Speaker Series here!
  • Check out the Critical Issues Forum 2021 Spring Conference summary here!

Inquiries about this page

Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace (HOPe)

Street address:10-52, Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, 730-8511