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Foreign Policy Forum

Global Population: Sorting Fact from Fiction


Dr. Jennifer Sciubba, author of 8 Billion and Counting: How Sex, Death, and Migration Shape Our World

April 10, 2024

Event begins at 5:30 PM

Registration for this event is closed, but walk-ups are welcome!

Our global population of 8 billion is radically different than at any other time in human history — and it’s headed in an unprecedented direction. As we move deeper into the 21st century, demographic shifts and migration crises increasingly dominate the headlines. Countries around the world are starting to face difficult questions related to their aging populations. Should governments enact policy designed to raise fertility rates? What role does migration play in balancing a work force? How will the world’s politics and the balance of geopolitical power change as the world’s population changes? Jennifer D. Sciubba, Ph.D., will join CCWA to discuss common misconceptions about global population trends in births, deaths, and migration and why there is cause for optimism.

Dr. Sciubba is one of the foremost experts in the field of political demography. Her latest book, 8 billion and Counting: How Sex, Death, and Migration Shape Our World (W.W. Norton 2022) argues that a deeper understanding of fertility, mortality, and migration trends points us toward the investments we need to make today to shape the future we want tomorrow. Dr. Sciubba works to educate the broader public about the importance of population trends by translating research for readers of The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, and on the TED stage, among other places, in addition to publishing policy-relevant research in numerous scholarly articles and edited books.

Dr. Sciubba is affiliated with the Wilson Center and the Hess Center for New Frontiers at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She is formerly a tenured professor at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Sciubba has studied at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, and served as a demographics consultant to the US Office of the Secretary of Defense. Dr. Sciubba is Vice-Chair of the board of the Population Reference Bureau, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Maryland and her B.A. from Agnes Scott College.



Non-Members $25; Members $15; Students admitted free with support from the Dr. and Mrs. Wael and Sawssan Khoury Students’ Fund.



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