Hiroshima & Nagasaki 75: Events and Remembrances

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July 30, 2020

StillHere survivors

Image courtesy of #stillhere


The Bulletin covers Hiroshima & Nagasaki


Be sure to check the website next week for special coverage commemorating the 75th anniversaries of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, including a beautiful essay from scholar Richard Rhodes on the only answer to the threat of nuclear weapons that makes sense; Elaine Scarry’s exploration of race as a factor in the decision to drop the bombs; Alex Wellerstein on counting the dead at Hiroshima and Nagasaki (and why that’s so difficult); and a message from the Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture, Hidehiko Yuzaki.

Participate in commemorative events

From August 6th to August 9th, the Bulletin and many of our partners are hosting online events to mark the first use of nuclear weapons. The weapons are still here–and so are nuclear survivors. Check the listings below to join an event that observes the anniversaries and honors those who are #stillhere.


#stillhere: 75 Years of Shared Nuclear Legacy


The Bulletin is proud to support #stillhere, a coalition of organizations hosting national virtual events on August 6th & 9th to remember the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Be sure to read the stories of

survivors, from the hibakusha in Japan and downwinders in the US to uranium workers and Marshall Islanders. Visit #stillhere for event information.


Global Webinar: Why the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima Would Be Illegal Today


Do you care about the rule of law? What about nuclear weapons? Join a Bulletin Global Webinar featuring Scott Sagan, the Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, and Allen Weiner, Director of the Program in International and Comparative Law at Stanford Law School. Bulletin columnist Sara Kutchesfahani, director of the N Square DC Hub, will lead the conversation on August 3rd. Read the article. Then register for this free webinar.


The Elders Create the Hiroshima Peace Crane Project

Members of The Elders will be sharing their own origami cranes and messages of peace on social media from August 5th, the eve of the Hiroshima atomic bombing anniversary, through to the moment the second bomb fell on Nagasaki on August 9th. Make and share your own origami crane and message of peace.


At the Brink: Modernizing Doomsday

Seventy-five years after the atomic bombings of Japan, the Doomsday Clock ticks closer to midnight and the US is preparing to spend trillions rebuilding its nuclear arsenal. Join Rachel Bronson, Sharon Squassoni, Jerry Brown, and Jon Wolfsthal in episode 4 of At the Brink with Lisa Perry. Listen here.


The Dawn of the Nuclear Age – 75 Years After Hiroshima


Has reporting on the devastating impacts of nuclear weapons succeeded in curbing their spread? On August 6th, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs hosts Bulletin president Rachel Bronson, Ploughshares president Emma Belcher, and author Lesley M. M. Blume to discuss Blume’s new book, Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the WorldEvent information.


Library of America: Jonathan Schell and His Legacy

Author Robert Jay Lifton and Katrina vanden Heuvel, publisher of The Nation, discuss the work of Jonathan Schell, who put his remarkable literary gifts in the service of disarmament, international cooperation, and the irresistible power of democracy. Register for this August 6th LOA Live event with a special link for Bulletin readers.


The International Symposium for Peace 2020


July 31, Bulletin president and CEO Rachel Bronson and former US Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, chair of the Bulletin’s Board of Sponsors, will join “The Road to Nuclear Weapons Abolition,” part of the International Symposium for Peace 2020 hosted by the Nagasaki city government and The Asahi Shimbun, among others. The event will be live-streamed free. Learn more.


“The history of the ‘decision’ to drop the bomb has been told many times. But what has been underplayed is how concerns about ethics and law were invoked, but in a muted and often rationalizing manner that had little impact on the targeting of Hiroshima.”


— Katherine McKinney, Scott Sagan, Allen Weiner: “Why the atomic bombing of Hiroshima would be illegal today


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