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The Reconnection Agenda: Reuniting Growth and Prosperity

Jared Bernstein’s timely new book—The Reconnection Agenda—argues that while there are many uniquely positive attributes about the U.S. economy, something is fundamentally wrong: Economic growth can no longer be counted on to deliver broadly shared prosperity. The policy agenda put forth by those in power has either proven to be inadequate or has been blocked by gridlocked politics.

May 28, 2015, 12:00pm ET - 1:00pm ET

Toward a More Perfect Union: Bringing Criminal Justice Reform to Our Communities

The United States is the world’s leader in incarceration, with 2.2 million people currently in the nation’s prisons or jails. Mass incarceration and overcriminalization have particularly affected communities of color, which make up more than 60 percent of the population behind bars. And nationally, 70 million and 100 million—or one in three Americans—now have a criminal record, which can serve as a barrier to many of the basic building blocks of economic security and mobility, such as employment and housing. These trends have become major drivers of poverty; if not for mass incarceration and the criminal records that can haunt people for decades thereafter, our nation's poverty rate would have dropped by one-fifth between 1980 and 2004. Recent events in cities across the nation have highlighted the lack of opportunity, inequities, and challenges confronting many of our communities, raised serious questions about police practices, and helped fuel the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform.

Please join the Center for American Progress and PICO National Network for a discussion of how we can begin to reverse the trend of overcriminalization of people of color and address its lasting consequences, including reforming policing practices and removing barriers to opportunity for people with criminal records.

May 28, 2015, 9:30am ET - 11:00am ET

Harnessing Faith to Work for Justice

Economic inequality. Work-family stress. Racism, sexism, and intolerance. Underserved or forgotten communities. How can faith and hope connect policies to people’s lives when situations seem bleak? What does using faith to work for justice and equality look like in 2015? What is the role of the faith community in pursuing concrete public policy solutions to respond to the everyday challenges facing families?

May 27, 2015, 12:00pm ET - 1:00pm ET

Defense Reform Consensus

Please join a bipartisan group of D.C.'s leading national security scholars and members of Congress as they discuss necessary and overdue structural defense reforms, including military compensation, infrastructure reduction, and the size and makeup of the Pentagon's civilian workforce. This diverse and bipartisan group agrees on these common-sense fixes to long-term challenges at the U.S. Defense Department; problems that, if unresolved, will threaten U.S. national security.

May 14, 2015, 8:30am ET - 10:00am ET

4 Generations of American Women: Great Progress, Persistent Challenges

Multiple generations of women play an active role in our society today. All age groups agree on the need for more female leadership—and yet for women of different cohorts, the word “leadership” can mean very different things. The differences in language, context, cultural references, and sense of history can impede collaboration across generations on gender-equity issues.

How do we speak differently about our goals and aspirations? What is the role that our different places in history plays in how we understand ourselves as women in the workplace and in society? To what extent does being women bring us together or push us apart? How can we better communicate and collaborate? What can the rising generation of aspiring female leaders learn from those further along in their career trajectories – and visa versa?

Please join the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association at noon on May 12 for a panel discussion that will explore these questions from a multi-generational perspective.

May 12, 2015, 12:00pm ET - 1:15pm ET

Fixing the Force

The military compensation system urgently needs reforms. Military personnel costs are more than one-third of the Pentagon’s total spending. Military retirement costs more than $100 billion each year, but more than four out of five enlisted service members will receive no retirement benefits at all. The military health care system needs modernization, while the current military compensation and career structure is too inflexible to meet the needs of the future force.

May 7, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:30am ET

From Risk to Resilience: Fortifying U.S. Communities in the Face of Climate Change

Resilience is a concept that has appeared with growing urgency in the lexicon of governments, industry, and the public as climate change has brought sea-level rise, extreme weather events, drought, and flooding to increasingly populated communities. Nationally, these hazards have wrought damage to the tune of $227 billion over the past four years. As these cities and towns seek to maintain their social, economic, and ecological integrity, the science of resilience continues to evolve with the progression of data and innovation.

So how can municipalities manage the unavoidable and avoid the unmanageable? Join the Center for American Progress and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for a discussion about how new data sources, innovation, and risk management combine to make communities stronger and healthier in the long term.

April 30, 2015, 12:00pm ET - 1:00pm ET

Teacher Leadership: The Pathway to Common Core Success

The Common Core State Standards were formed in a state-led effort to set consistent, rigorous standards across states so that all students have the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college and careers. While the Common Core started as a local, collaborative effort, the standards have become a hot topic of debate in political circles. Through the politicization of the Common Core, the voices of those tasked with the work of implementing the standards—teachers—have been muffled.

April 28, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:30am ET

Examining U.S.-Israel Relations at a Time of Change in the Middle East

The U.S.-Israel relationship has been a centerpiece of U.S. Middle East strategy and a main pillar of Israel’s national security strategy for decades. But political relations between the two countries during the past six years have seen some turbulence, even as security cooperation deepens and they continue to share common interests and values at a time of change and uncertainty in the Middle East.

On April 22, please join the Center for American Progress, the Center for a New American Security, and the Israel Institute to take stock of where we are at this crucial stage in U.S.-Israel relations, featuring two expert panels. The first panel will discuss the management of U.S.-Israel relations, and the second will focus on the main issues under discussion between the two states.

April 22, 2015, 10:30am ET - 1:00pm ET

Sec. Jewell and Sen. Wyden on America’s Growing Outdoor Economy

America’s national parks, national forests, rivers, oceans, and protected public lands are a powerful engine for growth in the U.S. economy. Outdoor recreation generates $646 billion in consumer spending each year and supports 6.1 million jobs across the country. Increasingly, communities are using outdoor amenities to draw entrepreneurs, recruit workers, attract visitors, and deliver an unmatched quality of life to their residents.

While local economies and business communities see open spaces and public lands as a competitive advantage, the economic benefits of America’s outdoors are not always measured in government analyses or accounted for in decision making. As a result, policymakers may be overlooking opportunities to spur job creation and growth in the outdoor economy.

The Center for American is pleased to host a conversation to highlight the growing importance of public lands and waters to recreation and non-recreation businesses. After remarks from our keynote speakers and a moderated Q&A session, a panel of experts will discuss steps the federal government can take to better account for and encourage the growth of the outdoor economy.

April 16, 2015, 2:30pm ET - 4:00pm ET

Making Progress on Early Childhood Education in States and Communities

Early childhood education is one of the best investments the United States can make in its future workforce. Around the country, states and communities are realizing its benefits and ramping up efforts to expand access to high-quality early childhood programs beginning at birth. Federal investments in Preschool Development Grants and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships have helped states make significant strides.

April 10, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:15am ET

The Economic Impacts of the Affordable Care Act

The United States recently marked the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Over the five years since the law passed, our health care system has seen considerable progress, including a dramatic expansion of health insurance coverage, historically slow growth in health care costs, and striking improvements in the quality of patient care.

April 2, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:00am ET

Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted

Few American institutions have inflicted greater suffering on ordinary people than the Supreme Court of the United States. As Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Ian Millhiser explains in his new book, Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted, Supreme Court justices have shaped a nation where children could toil in coal mines, citizens could be forced into internment camps because of their race, and women could be sterilized against their wills by state law. The Court was the midwife of Jim Crow, the right hand of union busters, and the dead hand of the Confederacy. And the modern Court is not a vast improvement, with its incursions on voting rights and its willingness to place elections for sale.

Please join CAP for a conversation between Millhiser and Supreme Court journalist Jeffrey Toobin, as they discuss Injustices and its implications for how progressives should approach the judiciary.

Copies of Injustices will be available for purchase at the event.

April 1, 2015, 12:00pm ET - 1:00pm ET

Inside the Labyrinth: Undocumented Students in Higher Education

A distinguished panel will discuss the findings of a new report, In the Shadows of the Ivory Tower: Undocumented Undergraduates and the Liminal State of Immigration Reform, focused on the experiences of undocumented students navigating the stressful landscape of current immigration laws, uneven state and university policies, and few campus resources. The panel will present lessons learned from the experiences of students and a potential path forward amidst an uncertain political climate.

March 31, 2015, 9:30am ET - 11:00am ET

‘Balancing Act in America’s Playground’ and ‘Our Canyon Lands’

Please join the Center for American Progress and the D.C. Environmental Film Festival for a screening of the films "Balancing Act in America's Playground" and "Our Canyon Lands."

March 26, 2015, 6:30pm ET - 8:00pm ET