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FDR and the New Deal

FDR and the New Deal

The late Arthur Schlesinger Jr., the great scholar of the New Deal, liked to talk about how the best historians know that history is “an argument without end.” Now a new generation of authors has taken up that argument, and it’s as controversial as ever. Join columnists Amity Shlaes and Jonathan Alter as they square [...]

Posted: May 27th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Reflections on Citizen Movements: Peace and Politics in the U.S and Japan

Reflections on Citizen Movements: Peace and Politics in the U.S and Japan

Nonviolent citizen movements for peace, environmental change, and social justice in both the U.S. and Japan have caused social and political change in both nations. Leading American social activist and former California State Senator Tom Hayden and James Orr, Chair of the Department of East Asian Studies at Bucknell University and author of The Victim [...]

Posted: May 27th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Are New Immigrants Assimilating?

Are New Immigrants Assimilating?

The U.S. has long been known as a nation of immigrants who embrace a common culture. Today, the U.S. finds itself in the midst of a wave of new immigrants and a fierce fight over immigration policy. Have recent arrivals made efforts to assimilate? Or are they standing apart as many anti-immigrant forces contend? To [...]

Posted: May 13th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Learning from the Elections of 2004 and 2000

Learning from the Elections of 2004 and 2000

What lessons can be learned from the past two presidential elections? How are party alliances changing? How might this election transform foreign policy and generational dynamics? Sondra Farganis, director of the Wolfson Center for National Affairs, leads a conversation about the direction and lessons of American politics after the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. She [...]

Posted: May 2nd, 2008 | Comments: 0
Satyagraha Forum: The Poetry of Peace and Politics

Satyagraha Forum: The Poetry of Peace and Politics

Is poetry inevitably political? Can language provoke peace? Spearheaded by Anne Waldman, a founder and current Director of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute, and hosted by Bob Holman, Club founder and proprietor, the Bowery Poetry Club presents an exploration of poetry as satyagraha or “truth force,” punctuated by poems from [...]

Posted: May 2nd, 2008 | Comments: 0
Rethinking Poverty: Making Policies that Work for Children

Rethinking Poverty: Making Policies that Work for Children

The United Nations’ 2000 Conference and its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) marked an international commitment to eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, and to fostering global collaboration in these efforts. Despite some progress towards the MDGs, millions of children remain outside of the policy agenda. This conference provides peer consultation and feedback on UNICEF’s global study [...]

Posted: Apr 21st, 2008 | Comments: 0
Manhattan Institute Forum: Dick Cheney

Manhattan Institute Forum: Dick Cheney

The Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney, addresses the Manhattan Institute at a breakfast forum. He focuses on the House, progress in Iraq, and the Iraqi government. This event was held by the Manhattan Institute.

Posted: Apr 21st, 2008 | Comments: 0
The Road to 2008: Presidential Politics Today with Arianna Huffington

The Road to 2008: Presidential Politics Today with Arianna Huffington

An up-to-the-minute, headline-driven analysis of the 2008 presidential election with Arianna Huffingon, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the influential Huffington Post. At the helm of one of the most active communities on the Internet, Huffington has her finger on the political pulse. Just days before the highly anticipated Pennsylvania primary, she shared her behind-the-scenes knowledge of [...]

Posted: Apr 17th, 2008 | Comments: 0
An Overview of Zoning, Past and Present

An Overview of Zoning, Past and Present

Why is zoning necessary? When did it begin? How do you unravel a zoning text? Doris Diether, a long time community activist and zoning expert, demystifies New York zoning in a lecture that considers New York City zoning, from pre-1916 to today. Ms. Diether covers different types of districts and what they permit, different types [...]

Posted: Apr 2nd, 2008 | Comments: 0
Agency in Surveilled Space

Agency in Surveilled Space

Who is watching, and who is being watched? Who decides which spaces are visible to the camera and which are effectively invisible, off-limits to authorities? A roundtable discussion examines how engineers, artists, and activists intervene in surveillance systems to subvert, invert, and redefine these relationships, and how the principle of “sousveillance” – meaning surveillance from [...]

Posted: Mar 31st, 2008 | Comments: 0
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