Upcoming Events

  • Join civil rights leader Vanita Gupta, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Wendy Weiser, Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Joseph J. Salvo, Director of the NYC Department of Planning's Population Division, to unpack the many questions and challenges of the upcoming census. They will spotlight work that litigators are doing to bolster the health of the census and ensure the decisions that will impact our society in political and economic ways are made are based on honest and accurate calculations.
    Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 12:00pm
  • Critics have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on people of color. As James Forman, Jr., points out, however, the war on crime that began in the 1970s was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers. Hear from James Foreman, Jr., professor at Yale Law School, on his recent book Locking Up Our Own.
    Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:00pm

Past Events

  • CNN host Van Jones, the author of the new book Beyond the Messy Truth, will discuss his drive to cut prison populations in half – and the challenge of fighting for change in a polarized America. He will be in dialogue with Darren Walker, the President and CEO of the Ford Foundation.
    Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 6:00pm
  • The courts have proven a key battleground in the fights of the Trump era. On immigration, voting rights, freedom of religion and more, legal advocates are taking on federal policy – and, often, winning. What are these new legal strategies? Will they last? And how can issues of democracy, justice and the rule of law become burning matters of public, not just legal, debate? Join our panel of experts.

    Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 6:00pm
  • There are a shocking 2.2 million Americans behind bars right now, but how can we cure America of its epidemic of mass punishment? Join Robin Steinberg, founder of the Bronx Defenders, and Judith A. Greene, a former Soros Senior Justice fellow and criminal justice expert, both contributors to the New Press volume, edited by Ernest Drucker, Decarcerating America. They will be in conversation with Nicole Fortier, Brennan Center counsel in the Justice Program.

    Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 12:00pm
  • Yascha Mounk, lecturer on Political Theory at Harvard University and author of the new book The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It, and Wendy Weiser, Director, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice, discuss the future of democracy.

    Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:30pm
  • We will hear from Joseph Califano, chief domestic aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson and an architect of the Great Society program. Califano served as Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare in the Carter administration, and is one of the nation’s leading voices on health and addiction policy. He will be joined by Karen Tumulty, a leading political journalist at the Washington Post who closely covered today’s fights over Medicaid, immigration and the Affordable Care Act.
    Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 6:00pm