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Tribunal For Future Generations

Will Outer Space Save Humanity?

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  • Presented by Usbek & Rica

In English

Monday, May 13 at 6:30pm: 

It's been 57 years since Yuri Gagarin became the first person to journey into space, and a new phase of space exploration has begun. If the predictions of Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Richard Branson hold true, in the not-so-distant future, humans will be able to live far beyondour terrestrial frontiers. Which raises major questions:
➤ Will space exploration save us from the imminent dangers that threaten our civilisation? 🚀
➤ Or, should our efforts and resources be focused on addressing urgent challenges here at home, on planet earth? 🌏

A tribunal for future generations? What's that?

It's a mock trial aimed at answering a major question about our future. A judge, a prosecutor, an attorney for the defense and renowned experts debate while a jury of audience members delivers a final verdict to benefit of future generations.

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  • Head of the Court

    Jeffrey Kluger
    Editor-at-Large @ Time &
    Author of numerous books including: Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 (1994) - with coauthor Jim Lovell. Lost Moon would become the basis for the Ron Howard’s acclaimed film, Apollo 13
  • Witnesses for the defense

    Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux
    Space Entrepreneur & Investor
    Michael Massimino
    Former NASA Astronaut.
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering @ Columbia University
  • Defense Attorney

    Ibrahim Bechrouri
  • Witnesses for the prosecution

    Daniel Katz
    Vice President of the Environment Program @ The Overbrook Foundation
    Board Chair, former president & co-founder @ Rainforest Alliance
    Paul Gallay
    President @ Hudson Riverkeeper
    Adjunct Professor, Water and Energy Policy @ Columbia University
  • Prosecutor

    Dara Lynn Schlissel

Lycée Student? Join the jury!

For this special edition at the Lycée Français de New York, jury members will be drawn at random from  the audience!

Who are Usbek & Rica?

Usbek & Rica is a French web media platform and a magazine examining the impact of digital technologies, AI, bioethics, environment, as well as politics and society on future generations. Like Usbek and Rica, the protagonists of Les Lettres Persanes by Montesquieu, they keep a critical but optimistic point of view on these challenges we face.