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  • Improving Constituent Engagement
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    Improving Constituent Engagement

    The House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress held a hearing on how technology can improve engagement with constituents. Witnesses included Congressional Management Foundation…

  • 93rd Annual Black History Luncheon
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    93rd Annual Black History Luncheon

    2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the forced migration of Africans to the Virginia Colony in 1619. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History hosted their 93rd…

  • Stacey Abrams Speaks at Brookings Institution
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    Stacey Abrams on Race and Political Power

    Stacey Abrams, the minority leader in Georgia’s House of Representatives and her state’s 2016 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, spoke about minority voting rights, voter suppression, and political power.…

  • emHow Fascism Worksem
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    How Fascism Works

    Yale philosophy Professor Jason Stanley discussed how democracies can become vulnerable to fascism. He was joined in conversation by author Timothy Snyder and Jelani Cobb of the New Yorker.…

  • Ford Foundation Hosts Conference on Diversity in the Media
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    Race Relations and Media Diversity

    The Ford Foundation hosted a conference at the Charles Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit on the state of race relations and the media, with a focus on the 1968 Kerner…

  • emGreater Gothamem
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    Greater Gotham

    Professor Mike Wallace talked about his book Greater Gotham, in which he provided a history of New York City from 1898 to 1919.

  • Panel Discussion on Free Speech
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    Panel Discussion on Free Speech

    Panelists talked about free speech. Panelists included Jelani Cobb, author and New Yorker staff writer; Michelle Goldberg, author and Slate columnist; and Suzanne Nossel, executive director of…

  • Race Religion and Immigration
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    Race, Religion, and Immigration

    Panelists talked about the effects of race, ethnicity, and religion on policies such as affirmative action and immigration. This forum was part of a series of discussions on the state of…

  • Civil and Human Rights
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    Civil and Human Rights

    Scholars and activists talked about civil and human rights. It was the first in a series of conversations around the nation on rights and justice hosted by the National Archvies. “Civil Rights: Then and Now,” was…

  • Whitney Plantation and Slavery
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    Whitney Plantation and Slavery

    John Cummings talked about the Whitney Plantation, a Louisiana plantation dating back to the late 1750s, which Cummings bought and turned into a museum devoted to telling the story of slavery on…

  • Discussion on Historical Perspectives on Ferguson Missouri
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    Understanding the Ferguson Protests

    Historians talked about the history of race relations in Ferguson, Missouri, and methods for teaching about race and protest. They also discussed the historical relationship between racial…

  • Discussion on Reflective Democracy
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    Diversity of Elected Officials

    Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD) was the keynote speaker at a forum on the under-representation of women and people of color in elected office. Brenda Carter presented the results of a new database…

  • Panel Discussion on Race Power and Politics
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    Panel Discussion on Race, Power, and Politics

    Panelists talked about the impact and representations of race, power, and politics on America’s national discourse and on its political and social movements. The panel “Race, Power, and…

  • emYoung Mr Obamaem
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    Young Mr. Obama

    Edward McClelland, former staff writer for the Chicago Reader, reports on President Obama’s first campaign for the Illinois State Senate. Mr. McClelland, who covered the primary campaign, profiles the then…

  • Panel on President Obama
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    Panel on President Obama

    Authors talked about their books on the election of President Obama and his first year in office. They also responded to questions from members of the audience. Evan Smith moderated. Jonathan Alter is…

  • Barack Obama and Human Rights
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    Barack Obama and Human Rights

    Authors discussed their books about the changes in views of citizenship, equality, and democracy in the era of Barack Obama’s election to president. They responded to questions from members of the audience. The…