Georgetown Town Hall: Can We Turn Back the Hands of the Doomsday Clock? with Ban Ki-moon, Mary Robinson, Jerry Brown & Rachel Bronson

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We are proud to host The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and The Elders for a discussion of the 2020 Doomsday Clock with former United Nations Secretary-General and Deputy Chair of The Elders Ban Ki-moon, former Irish President and Chair of The Elders Mary Robinson, former Governor of California Jerry Brown, and The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ President and CEO Rachel Bronson.

In 2019, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists set the Doomsday Clock at 2-minutes to midnight. This is the closest time to Doomsday the Clock has ever been. It is the same time that was set during the most dangerous exchanges between nuclear-armed super powers during the Cold War. 

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists had this to say last year:

“Humanity now faces two simultaneous existential threats, either of which would be cause for immediate concern and attention. These major threats—nuclear weapons and climate change—were exacerbated this past year by the increased use of information warfare to undermine democracy around the world, amplifying risk from these and other threats and putting the future of civilization in extraordinary danger.”

On January 23, Ban Ki-moon, Mary Robinson, Jerry Brown, and Rachel Bronson will tell us what the time is in 2020.

The event will take place on January 23 at 4:00pm, just hours after the Bulletin announces the 2020 time for the Doomsday Clock. The town hall is designed for students to have a chance to discuss these issues, to hear from these leaders but also to share their views.

This event is for the GU community and Georgetown students. A GUID or a ticket is required for entry. Your bag will be checked at the door.

This event is co-sponsored by:

Georgetown University College of Arts & Sciences

Georgetown Environment Initiative

The Department of Government

The Center for Social Justice, Research, Teaching and Service

The Department of Government Master’s Program in American Government

The Department of Government’s Master’s Program in Conflict Resolution

The Department of Government Master’s Program in Democracy and Government

The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy

The Mortara Center for International Studies

The School of Foreign Service’s Center for Latin American Studies

The School of Foreign Service’s Global Human Development Program

The Walsh School of Foreign Service