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The Ministry for the Future

Kim Stanley Robinson on Climate Change

Wednesday, March 1, 6:00 PM

Peace and Justice Theatre

Hosted by the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson will speak on how we can generate the kind of social and political change necessary to address climate change.

Kroc School students, Franco Castro Escobar and Théa Klement, will moderate a Q&A session with the author.

The first 100 guests to arrive will get a free copy of Robinson's novel, The Ministry for the Future. The author will be signing books at the event's post-reception. This event is free and open to the public. Register below!


Kim Stanley Robinson is the author of more than twenty books, including the international bestselling Mars trilogy, and more recently New York 2140, Aurora, Shaman, Green Earth, and 2312, which was a New York Times bestseller nominated for all seven of the major science fiction awards—a first for any book. In 2008, he was named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, the Clarion Writers’  Workshop, and UC San Diego’s Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination. In 2016 he was given the Heinlein Award for lifetime achievement in science fiction, and asteroid 72432 was named “Kimrobinson.” In 2017, he was given the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society. A prolific writer and speaker, his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Nature, and Wired, among many others, and he has lectured at more than one hundred institutions over the last 25 years. His novel, The Ministry for the Future, was selected as one of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2020 and one of Bill Gates’ “5 Great Books for the Summer” in 2022. 




Wednesday, March 1, 2023

6:00 PM; Check-In Opens 5:30 PM


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110

Directions and Parking

We suggest that you enter campus through the West Entrance. You will see an entrance kiosk and can ask for directions there too. From the West Entrance, follow the road (Marian Way) to the second stop sign. Make a left into the West Parking Structure.

Event attendees can park on campus in the West Parking Structure. The 4 hour validation code for this event is 7392. 

  1. Be sure to note your license plate prior to approaching a pay station. It may be helpful to take a picture of your license plate with your smartphone.
  2. Upon approaching the pay station, push “Start” on the keypad if the screen is black, which will bring up the home screen.
  3. Push option “2” on the keypad for Enter Validation Code.
  4. Enter your license plate number, and push the green “ENTER” button with a check mark on the keypad.
  5. Enter the validation code 7392, and push the green “ENTER” button with a check mark on the keypad.
  6. The expiration time will be displayed, and the transaction is complete. A receipt will be printed for your reference, but there is no need to place anything on the vehicle’s dashboard.

USD trams are available in the West Parking Structure to take guests to the Kroc Institute for Peace and JusticeOnce you arrive, check in at the Peace and Justice Theatre. Check-in opens at 5:30 PM.

Event Cost


Who can attend the event?

The event is open to the public. 


Can't make it to the event in-person? Watch the livestream below during or after the event.