On Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium, the Center hosted a panel discussion between Prof. David Solomon, Prof. Michael Baxter, and Rev. Bill Miscamble, CSC, on the decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II. The Center's permanent senior research fellow, Fr. Bill Miscamble, CSC, a member of Notre Dame's history department, published his most recent book on this issue this past spring, entitled The Most Controversial Decision: Truman, the Atomic Bombs, and the Defeat of Japan. He argued for the necessity of using the bombs to end the war, based on his historical research into the event. Prof. Solomon, the Center's director, and a member of Notre Dame's philosophy department, offered a response, as does Prof. Baxter, formerly of Notre Dame, now a visiting fellow at DePaul University, a respected theologian and peace activist. Prof. Dan Philpott of Notre Dame's political science department was the moderator for the evening.
Video of the debate will be available soon.