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Open House and Informational Session for The Center for American Progress Leadership Institute

This nation is undergoing rapid demographic changes with increasing racial and ethnic diversity sweeping across the land. As the impacts of these transformational changes are recognized, policymakers are confronted with opportunities and challenges in crafting public policies that benefit all Americans. The Center for American Progress’s Leadership Institute seeks to shape the development and implementation of progressive public policies by increasing the ranks of policy experts drawn from communities of color.

May 15, 2014, 6:00pm ET - 7:30pm ET

A Millionaires’ Amendment? The Roberts Court’s Approach to Free Speech

The First Amendment right to free speech sits at the core of American democracy. It guarantees that all Americans can speak openly about their government free from the concern that their voices will be silenced and confident that even the most unpopular views will not be suppressed.

However, under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts, the First Amendment has become something else entirely: a shield for billionaires seeking to place their favorite candidates in office; a weapon against laws protecting the privacy of consumers; and a potential tool to undermine workers' right to organize and collectively bargain. The amendment ratified to give every American a voice in our society has instead been wielded to magnify the power of the most fortunate.

May 13, 2014, 2:00pm ET - 3:15pm ET

Affordable Care Act Enrollment: Lessons from Connecticut

The recent end of the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act saw over 8 million Americans sign up for private coverage through the state and federal marketplaces. Though the federal marketplace on was initially dysfunctional, a rescue effort succeeded in repairing the website and enabling millions of people to enroll. In the states, the rollout of the marketplaces varied widely. While some state exchanges continue to struggle with technical difficulties, others proved enormously successful from day one.

May 13, 2014, 11:30am ET - 12:30pm ET

Addressing the Criminalization of LGBT People and People Living with HIV

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and people living with HIV (PLWH), especially those of color, are significantly overrepresented in all aspects of the penal system, from policing, to adjudication, to incarceration. Yet their experiences are often overlooked, and justice continues to be elusive and conditional for these populations due to a range of unequal laws and policies that dehumanize, victimize, and criminalize them because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.

May 7, 2014, 12:00pm ET - 1:30pm ET

Underwater Dreams

Underwater Dreams, narrated by Michael Peña, chronicles the epic story of four teenage boys from the desert who built an underwater robot from Home Depot parts, and went up against engineering powerhouse MIT in the process. This is how it transpired. Two energetic high school science teachers, on a whim, decided to enter their high school into a sophisticated underwater competition sponsored by NASA, among others. Only four boys, all undocumented, signed up for the team. Short on money, all they could afford was PVC pipe. And some duct tape.

April 29, 2014, 7:00pm ET - 9:30pm ET

A Journey to the Dark Heart of Nameless Unspeakable Evil

Jane Bussmann, British comedy writer of South Park, has cooked up trouble with shows and advocacy around the world since the day she first came face-to-face with the Lord's Resistance Army and a certain peacemaker John Prendergast. She has had audiences in stitches all over the world from Uganda to Sydney, Australia.

Please join the Center for American Progress for a special live performance of the first-ever comedy sketch to be performed inside the U.K. Parliament. The performance will be followed by a conversation on the issues with Bussmann and Prendergast.

April 28, 2014, 6:30pm ET - 8:00pm ET

A Conversation with Anand Giridharadas on his book “The True American”

On April 28, New York Times reporter Anand Giridharadas joins the Center for American Progress for a conversation about his new book, The True American. In his book, Giridharadas tells the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force officer who dreamed of immigrating to America and working in technology. Days after 9/11, an avowed "American terrorist" named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walks into the Dallas minimart where Bhuiyan has found temporary work and shoots him, maiming and nearly killing him. The True American traces the making of these two men, Stroman and Bhuiyan, and of their fateful encounter. It follows them as they rebuild shattered lives—one striving on Death Row to become a better man, the other to heal and pull himself up from the lowest rung on the ladder of an unfamiliar country. Bhuiyan publicly forgave Stroman, in the name of his Muslim religion and its notion of mercy, and waged a legal and public-relations campaign to have his attacker spared from the death penalty.

April 28, 2014, 12:00pm ET - 1:00pm ET

‘Noah’ and the Nexus of Faith and Environmentalism

In his new film "Noah," Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky examines the important link between faith and environmentalism. This link, while not new, is becoming more visible as the threat of climate change becomes more and more apparent. In fact, faith communities are becoming an ever-louder voice for environmental stewardship and responsible treatment of natural resources.

April 23, 2014, 3:00pm ET - 4:30pm ET

Our Diverse Nation: The Many Faces of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

By 2043, the majority of the United States is projected to be comprised of people of color, with the rapid growth of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, or AAPIs, counting as an important contributor to that story. Yet, there is a significant gap in what we know about these communities. For example, few are aware that Asian Americans have the highest proportion of immigrants of any racial group in the United States and that more immigrants now come from Asia than from any other region in the world. These facts have important implications. Part of the gap in what we know about AAPI communities is due to the lack of centralized and accessible data across outcomes—until now. Please join the Center for American Progress as we launch a new report series, "The State of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders," which examines myriad social and economic indicators and makes recommendations for improving data collection for AAPIs. This series is co-authored with AAPI Data, a project of the University of California, Riverside, and seeks to make data on these communities more accessible and easier to understand.

April 23, 2014, 9:00am ET - 10:30am ET

Thomas Piketty presents Capital in the 21st Century

Please join the Economic Policy Institute and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth for a presentation by Thomas Piketty of the findings in his new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Piketty examines data from more than twenty countries spanning in some cases as far back as the 18th century to assess the dynamics of income and wealth distribution, with a particular focus on the role of capital ownership as a driver of long-run trends in income inequality. He argues that when the rate of return on capital exceeds the rate of economic growth, as it has for most of history, then rising income inequality becomes inevitable. He says that if this rising inequality is allowed to continue unchecked, the results could be deep political and social disruption.

While Piketty notes that inequality has different dimensions across countries, he concludes with a recommendation: significantly increase the progressivity of both income and wealth taxation. Given the extraordinarily globalized market for capital, he further argues that the reach of such taxes must be global as well.

Piketty's presentation will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Heather Boushey, Executive Director and Chief Economist of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, with Josh Bivens, Research and Policy Director of the Economic Policy Institute and Betsey Stevenson, Member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, serving as discussants.

Copies of Capital in the Twenty-First Century will be available for purchase at the event.

April 15, 2014, 9:30am ET - 11:00am ET

Equitable Access: Assuring That All Children Have a Great Teacher

If you are a student of color or an impoverished student in a U.S. public school, you are more likely to be taught by an underqualified, brand-new, or lower paid teacher, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education. This problem is not new.

April 11, 2014, 10:00am ET - 11:30am ET

The Changing Face of America: Higher Education Policy and the Role of Minority Serving Institutions

It is estimated that by 2050, the United States will have no clear racial or ethnic majority. As our nation becomes increasingly diverse, it is critically important to promote college success among students of color. Minority-serving institutions (MSIs) enroll a disproportionately high concentration of low-income minority students, reinforcing these institutions’ relevancy to our nation’s higher education policy priorities of increasing college degree attainment among all students. Unfortunately, MSIs often face an array of problems including underfunding, low retention rates, and overall performance levels.

A distinguished panel will discuss the findings of a new report, Measuring the Impact of MSI-Funded Programs on Student Success, focused on one of the newer MSI programs: Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs). The panel will present the ways in which MSI funding is being leveraged by these institutions to serve the fastest-growing racial group in the nation – Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders – to pursue innovative practices that elevate student success in various areas such as course performance, transition to college-level courses, persistence, degree attainment, and transfer from two- to four-year institutions.

April 10, 2014, 12:00pm ET - 1:15pm ET

The Economic Case for Restoring Coastal Ecosystems

Healthy coastal ecosystems provide critical social and environmental benefits. They filter pollution, buffer coasts against extreme weather, serve as nurseries that sustain fisheries, and support tourism, recreation and the culture of coastal communities. However, we are losing wetlands in the US at a rate of seven football fields an hour, due to development, pollution and sea level rise.

Join the Center for American Progress and Oxfam America for the release of a new report that explores the long-term economic impact of restored coastal ecosystems. The report highlights analysis of three projects funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: South San Francisco Bay, Seaside Bays, Virginia, and Mobile Bay, Alabama. The event will bring together several leading voices to discuss why restoring our coasts makes economic sense.

April 9, 2014, 9:30am ET - 11:00am ET

More Than a Number: Combatting Pay Discrimination in the Workplace

Year after year, women consistently identify the lack of equal pay as a top concern that erodes their economic security and perpetuates unfairness in the workplace. The stubborn persistence of pay discrimination—and the need to find effective ways to combat it—demands a comprehensive strategy where everyone can play a role in ensuring that all workers are paid fairly for their work. Moreover, because more than 6 out of 10 women are now the sole, primary, or co-breadwinners for their families, eliminating pay discrimination is critical to families’ overall economic stability. The Center for American Progress is hosting an event to focus on the range of efforts we can all take—including support for vigorous enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, voluntary efforts by employers, and actions employees can take themselves—to make the promise of equal pay a reality. The discussion will focus on strategies to eliminate discriminatory pay practices and promote greater transparency, help workers make more informed decisions about their pay, assist employers who want to improve their pay practices, and ensure that federal enforcement agencies have the investigatory tools they need to root out discrimination.

April 7, 2014, 3:00pm ET - 4:30pm ET

Emerging and Readily Available Technologies and National Security

Developments in science and technology for military and national security use have often raised a variety of ethical, legal, and societal issues (ELSI). These ELSI-related challenges are accentuated in a context of emerging and readily available technologies, that is, new technologies that are accessible at relatively low cost compared to more traditional militarily relevant technologies, such as nuclear weapons, and thus are within the reach of less technologically advanced nations, non-state actors, and even individuals. This is true because emerging and readily available technologies do not require construction of large engineered systems for their exploitation, and in some cases have the potential for doing harm to U.S. interests on a large scale.

April 3, 2014, 11:30am ET - 1:00pm ET