Start: 2021-09-20 17:00:00 UTC Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney (GMT+10:00)

End: 2021-09-20 18:30:00 UTC Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney (GMT+10:00)

This is a virtual event

Facilitation: DR MARGARET BEAVIS, ICAN Australia Co-Chair.The nuclear-armed states are talking big and spending up with no intention to disarm. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons provides a pathway out of this mess, and it's up to us to get our governments on board.

Ban School is for anyone in Australia and the Pacific who wants to learn more about this movement and be part of history in the making.

Enrol in the full program or pick and choose your classes.

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Class schedule:

  1. COMPLETED -- Monday 28 June: All About the Ban
  2. COMPLETED -- Monday 19 July at 5-6:30pm AEST / 7-8:30pm Fiji Time: Resistance is Forever
  3. COMPLETED -- Monday 9 August at 5-6:30pm AEST / 7-8:30pm Fiji Time: How to End Nuclear Deterrence and Influence People
  4. COMPLETED -- Saturday 28 August at 12-1:30pm AEST / 2-3:30pm Fiji Time: Banning the Bomb, Smashing the Patriarchy
  5. Monday 20 September at 5-6:30pm AEST / 7-8:30pm Fiji Time: The Road to a Nuclear Free Future.

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Video recordings of Ban School speakers are here.

MONDAY 28 JUNE AT 5-6:30pm AEST / 7-8:30pm FIJI TIME: What motivated this movement? What does the Treaty actually contain? What is the Pacific's role in shaping the treaty, and what are the obligations to support victims and remediate impacted environments all about?

TIM WRIGHT, ICAN Treaty Coordinator, Tim knows the TPNW like the back of his hand.

BONNIE DOCHERTY, International Human Rights Clinic, Harvard Law School. Bonnie is excited about the positive obligations contained in the TPNW and she will tell us why.

VANESSA GRIFFEN, Fijian/Australian activist and founding member of the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific movement.

Facilitation: GEM ROMULD, Director of ICAN Australia.

MONDAY 19 JULY AT 5-6:30pm AEST / 7-8:30pm FIJI TIME: The land and bodies of First Nations people in Australia and the Pacific carry the damage and devastation of decades of nuclear testing. Far from being silent victims, First Nations people have fought back. This session will dive into this rich and living history of resistance.

TALEI LUSCIA MANGIONI, Fijian-Italian PhD candidate at the School of Culture, History and Language at the Australian National University.

AUNTY SUE COLEMAN-HASELDINE, Kokatha elder and nuclear test survivor from Ceduna, South Australia.

WAYNE KIJINER, Marshall Islands Students Assocation.

DEBBIE CARMODY, Anangu Spinifex woman who tells the story of her peoples’ displacement for nuclear testing in South Australia.

MONDAY 9 AUGUST AT 5-6:30pm AEST / 7-8:30pm FIJI TIME: Nuclear deterrence is getting in the way. It's a theory, it's an idea, yet it is deeply entrenched in our minds, dissociated from the reality of these weapons, and is blocking the path to disarmament. We'll learn about the origin story of the deterrence concept and how to dismantle it.

DIMITY HAWKINS AM, One of the co-founders of ICAN, Dimity is a long term activist and academic with a passion for nuclear disarmament, accountability and justice. She's also a wannabe artist.

YHONNIE SCARCE, a Kokatha and Nukunu artist who employs the medium of glass to dazzling effect, weighing in on the colonial trauma and displacement of Aboriginal peoples.

Ass. Prof. MARIANNE HANSON, Dr Marianne Hanson is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland and an ICAN Australia board member.

Facilitation: LUCY STEWART, Programme Manager at the Disarmament and Security Centre, based in Aotearoa New Zealand. She was part of the NZ Civil Society delegation to the United Nations for the negotiations on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Lucy holds a Masters Degree in International Relations and Human Rights from the University of Auckland.

SATURDAY 28 AUGUST AT 12-1:30pm AEST / 2-3:30pm FIJI TIME: Director of Reaching Critical Will, Ray Acheson, and former Senator and ICAN Ambassador, Scott Ludlam, know how to fight for a better world. They will share insights, tactics and stories from their new books; "Banning the Bomb, Smashing the Patriarchy" and "Full Circle".




MONDAY 20 SEPTEMBER AT 5-6:30pm AEST / 7-8:30pm FIJI TIME: Now we know what we’re talking about, let’s take a look at the status quo and look ahead to map the movement that wins. We’ll talk political advocacy, local government, superannuation funds, education, direct action, Pacific solidarity and more.

We’ve got strategy, ideas and tenacity, we just need you.

MARGARET PERIL, Quit Nukes: Nuclear Weapon Free Finance. Hear about how you might have superannuation invested in nuclear weapons, and how to change that.

DARYL LE CORNU, lecturer, curriculum consultant and textbook writer. He’ll talk to us about how education is key to future free of nuclear weapons.

JOEY TAU from Youngsolwara and the Pacific Network on Globalisation. Joey will share with us the ongoing impact of nuclear weapons in the Pacific and how we can work in solidarity.

JEMILA RUSHTON, Campaigner and leader of our work to bring cities and towns on board. Now with 38 councils on board, we aren’t waiting for the federal government.

GEM ROMULD, Director and leader of our work to bring parliamentarians on board. We’ll hear an update on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and how we can get Australia to join the ban.

Facilitation: DR MARGARET BEAVIS, ICAN Australia Co-Chair.

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