Wiesel invites Nirenberg to a conference of Nobel laureates to be held in Paris in January 1988. The purpose of the conference,
to address the principle moral and political problems challenging mankind and explore solutions to them, is detailed in the
conference outline which is included. Wiesel states that the "conference grows out of the belief that each of us feels
a profound responsibility to confront those issues that affect all humanity." Nirenberg is invited because of the faith
that "science and human genius can be used on behalf of the humankind."
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Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
Nirenberg, Marshall W.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics
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July 15, 1987
Dear Dr. Nirenberg:
I am writing to invite you to a conference of Nobel Laureates to be held in Paris, January 18-22, 1988.
The purpose of the conference is to address the principal moral and political problems that challenge humankind as we approach
the next century and to explore creative solutions to them. A formidable agenda, I know.
The conference grows out of the belief that each of us feels a profound responsibility to confront those issues that affect
all humanity. That children are starving, that wars continue to be fought, that oppressive regimes flourish, that the potential
for nuclear destruction exists -- for us, none of these problems is an abstraction. We know that science and human genius
can be used on behalf of humankind. That is why President Francois Mitterand and I jointly invite you to be our guest at a
conference which would enable each of us -- regardless of our particular discipline or area of expertise -- to discuss, formulate
and communicate our ideas about these critical issues.
We intend to open in plenary session on Monday, January 18, 1988, and through seminars, formal and informal discussions, to
search for new ways to approach these important issues. Our hope is that our deliberations will bear fruit and inspire a
dialogue with those in positions of power. Your participation will add breath and depth to our discussion. President Mitterand
and I both hope you will be able to attend.
I am enclosing a copy of the conference proposal and would welcome your suggestions and comments. Details about travel and
hotel arrangements will be sent at a later date. In the meantime, please return the enclosed response card indicating your
acceptance in principle of our invitation. I know your time is precious and you have many commitments. And yet, I am hopeful
that we shall meet in Paris next January. We have many important matters to discuss.