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Ambassador John Ritch of World Nuclear Association to Talk About Dire Need for Nuclear Energy

Ambassador John Ritch, will give a talk titled Accelerating the Nuclear Renaissance: A Global Environmental Imperative on Wednesday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater in the John W. Elrod University Commons at Washington and Lee University. The event is open to the public.

Ritch is the former U.S. ambassador to U.N. organizations in Vienna, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization. While at the U.N., Ritch was active in promoting the IAEA’s global strengthened-safeguards system and new conventions on nuclear safety. He also participated in the U.S.-North Korea nuclear negotiations and the U.N. conferences reviewing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1995 and 2000.

Ritch will argue that governments must emerge from postures of timidity to act decisively in support of the nuclear industry, which will be indispensable if humanity is to preserve the environment. The rebirth of nuclear energy is an unmistakable reality that is gathering speed and momentum on the world stage. Around the world, old-school anti-nuclear environmentalism is being eclipsed by a new realism that recognizes nuclear energy’s essential virtue: its capacity to deliver cleanly generated power safely, reliably and on a massive scale.

The talk is part of a Washington and Lee University and Council on Foreign Relations collaboration on the future of nuclear energy, and kicks off a series of closed workshops at W&L on the role of nuclear power in meeting future U.S. energy requirements. A Council special report, Nuclear Energy: Balancing the Benefits and Risks (April 2007) will serve as the basis for presentations during the workshops by a group of distinguished presenters.

Shenandoah’s Glasgow Prize Awarded to Author of Book of Poetry

Shenandoah, Washington and Lee University’s renowned literary magazine, recently named Emily Rosko the winner of the 2007 Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers.

The Glasgow Prize is awarded annually to writers with only one published book in a particular genre. Rosko will receive a $2,500 cash prize, publication of new work in Shenandoah and a reading at Washington and Lee University. This marks the seventh year of Glasgow competition, but only the third year that a book of poetry has won the award.

This year’s judge, Sarah Kennedy, describes Rosko’s book Raw Goods Inventory (University of Iowa Press, 2006) as “savvy and inventive – experimental and lyrical while hinting at narratives beneath the finely-wrought surface of its poems.”

Kennedy also noted the difficulty of selecting a winner, citing “the variety of aesthetic approaches” that indicate “the vitality of the conversation that is contemporary poetry in America.”

Rosko holds degrees from Cornell and Purdue universities. She has received the Stegner, Ruth Lilly and Javits fellowships. Her poems appear in journals such as Denver Quarterly, The Beloit Poetry Journal and Another Chicago Magazine. She is currently earning a Ph.D. in creative writing at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Rosko will read from her book and sign copies at Washington and Lee University during the 2007-2008 academic year.

Kennedy is an associate professor of English at Mary Baldwin College. Her awards include fellowships from the NEA and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Her fifth collection of poems, The Witches’ Dictionary, will be published by Elixir Press in the fall.

Shenandoah editor R. T. Smith said of this year’s Glasgow competition, “We had a wonderful response to this year’s call for submissions, 166 poets from 36 states representing almost a hundred different presses.”