Past Events

  • This month, the Senate Rules Committee is holding a markup on the Secure Elections Act, bipartisan legislation focused on cybersecurity for America’s voting systems. This action comes amidst continued reports from the US Intelligence Community and media organizations that American elections remain a target of foreign adversaries. While states have taken limited steps to strengthen security since 2016, cybersecurity standards and safeguards across the nation remain uneven. How should the federal government respond to the growing threats? What is the appropriate role for federal authorities relative to states in dealing with the national security challenge of election meddling?

    This briefing will feature bipartisan leaders as well as technical experts and examine the prospects of current election security reform proposals, including the SEA. The briefing will highlight current best practices for cyber defense and the verification of election results.

    Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm
  • A bipartisan group of leading authorities on election administration and cybersecurity will present an overview of current challenges and opportunities facing federal and state policymakers. In particular, speakers will highlight growing expert consensus on the importance of paper ballots and post-election audits as means to verify election results.

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
  • Join two of the most powerful voices in politics today – Cecile Richards and Alyssa Mastromonaco – for a wide-ranging conversation on elections, gender, and the course of our democracy in the age of Trump. Mastromonaco, deputy chief of staff to President Obama, and former Planned Parenthood president Richards will share their experiences weathering some of the nation’s toughest political fights.
    Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 6:30pm
  • This briefing will examine the first comprehensive package of campaign finance reforms to address the threat of foreign spending in American elections. Panelists will outline a roadmap that Congress, states and the social media companies can follow to proactively protect the integrity of our democracy from political spending. Panelists include Professor Young Mie Kim, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Laura Rosenberger, The German Marshall Fund of the United States; and Ian Vandewalker, Brennan Center for Justice. Ann Ravel, former FEC Commissioner, will moderate.

    Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • 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
  • 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

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