What have the first two decades of the 21st century taught us about systemic racism in the United States, and what new visions of democracy and racial justice are needed to reclaim, revitalize, and redefine the American Dream?
NEW AMERICAN DREAM, April 28 through May 26 on Wednesdays, is a five-week series of virtual forums that will gather thought leaders from across the country to discuss the impact of white supremacy and structural racism on America today. The event will also explore ways to make the nation’s policies and culture more accountable to its democratic ideals.
NEW AMERICAN DREAM will examine systemic racism in relation to five pillars of contemporary society: voting rights, artificial intelligence and genetic science, journalism, antiracism, and cultural narrative. The focus is on strategies and solidarity, with an understanding of history and eyes toward the future.
Presented by The WNET Group, parent to America’s flagship PBS station.
Curated by Brian Tate.
Photo: Erin Hammond | Model: Jameelah Nuriddin
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Thanks to our partners:
AI Now Institute
Black Futures Lab
Black Public Media
Brennan Center for Justice
Brooklyn Book Festival
The Center for Anti-Violence Education
Color of Change
Common Cause/New York
Ms. Foundation for Women
NYU Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
DEMOCRACY THAT DOESN’T FLINCH: Inside Campaigns to Build and Diversify Political Power
Week 1: Wednesday, April 28, 5-6:30 p.m. ET
A conversation with Christine Chen, Maria Teresa Kumar, Afaf Nasher, Esq., Kimberly Peeler-Allen, and Allie Young (Diné). Moderated by Brian Tate. Opening performance by Danny Simmons, Jr.
REVOLUTIONARY DESIGN: Conceiving a Future Forged With Antiracist Technology
Week 2: Wednesday, May 5, 5-6:30 p.m. ET
A conversation with Dr. Rumman Chowdhury, Nicole Martinez-Martin, PD, PhD, Mutale Nkonde, Roya Pakzad, and Dr. Kim TallBear (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate). Moderated by Karen Hao. Opening performance by Lady Jess.
NEWS THAT NEEDS TELLING: Journalism That Examines Injustice and Explores Black Power
Week 3: Wednesday, May 12, 5-6:30 p.m. ET
A conversation with Rhema Bland, Vanessa K. De Luca, Kali Holloway, Patrice Peck, and Wendi C. Thomas. Moderated by Greg Tate. Opening performance by Liza Jessie Peterson.
TURNED AGAINST THE TIDE: Heeding the Call of White Antiracism
Week 4: Wednesday, May 19, 5-6:30 p.m. ET
A conversation with Gregg August, Sara Donnelly, Merrill Garbus, Karen Pittelman, and Dan Zanes. Moderated by Ginny Suss. Opening performance by Ailish Hopper.
BRAVER THAN THE ONE BEFORE IT: In Search of the New American Dream
Week 5: Wednesday, May 26, 5-6:30 p.m. EST
A conversation with Cathy Park Hong, Robert Jones, Jr., Laila Lalami, Valeria Luiselli, and Tommy Orange (Cheyenne and Arapaho). Moderated by Lisa Lucas. Opening performance by Sandra Lilia Velasquez.