Conversations Before

Conversations Before


Save the Date: November 12th

The Bulletin's 2024 annual gathering

On November 12th, join us for dinner and cocktails at the University Club of Chicago where we will be hosting Conversations Before Midnight, the Bulletin’s annual signature fundraising event.

Along with keynote speakers (to be announced), this year’s Conversations Before Midnight will honor outgoing President and CEO Rachel Bronson and recognize her 10 years of service to the Bulletin.

The conversations continue off the main stage with an audience of about 250 curious-minded attendees, many of whom are civic and science leaders, including those who set the Doomsday Clock.

Be the first to get updates on Conversations Before Midnight 2024

You'll get direct updates on the event such as speaker details, venue/program information, ticket availability, and more.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Bulletin Chief Advancement Officer Stephanie Carper via email at [email protected].

Learn about past annual gatherings


Conversations Before Midnight 2023

For our 2023 virtual gathering, the Bulletin was thrilled to feature award-winning and Academy Award-winning director Christopher Nolan in a keynote conversation with our moderator and audience.

Following the keynote, attendees joined several high-level breakouts with world-renowned experts on topics including nuclear risk, climate change, AI, and biosecurity. For both the keynote conversation and the breakouts that followed, attendees had the opportunity to engage with speakers directly. Guests who purchased and attended a virtual table reconnected with their group before the end of the program.


Conversations Before Midnight 2022

Conversations Before Midnight 2022 gathered international members of the Bulletin community. This virtual experience engaged table guests and experts in small-group discussions on topics of nuclear risk, climate change, disruptive technologies, and biosecurity.

Keynote conversations featured an on-the-ground update with Ukrainian journalist Illia Ponomarenko in conversation with Bulletin board member Melissa Harris and Ploughshares Fund president Emma Belcher in conversation with Bulletin editor-in-chief John Mecklin.

Questions about the event?


All event-related questions can be directed to Stephanie Carper, the Bulletin’s Chief Advancement Officer. Carper works with individuals and institutions interested in advancing the Bulletin’s mission. She oversees all aspects of fundraising, which includes individual, foundation, corporate, and event giving.