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Black Men Speak: Book Event with Ben Jealous and Trabian Shorters

In recent months, there has been a resurgence of age-old conversations about how we view black men in America. The results are often discouraging. This month, CAP Senior Fellow Ben Jealous released a book, REACH: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding, that seeks to point the conversation in a more productive and positive direction.

REACH provides stories of black men who have built community—entrepreneurs, artists, teachers, philanthropists, and organizers who have dedicated their lives to reaching back and lifting up the next generation. From John Legend and Rev. Joseph Lowery to sneaker designers and ROTC instructors, REACH provides 40 models for what black men in America truly look like.

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

February 20, 2015, 12:00pm ET - 1:30pm ET

Balancing Interests and Values in Foreign Policy

The U.S.-Japan alliance is rooted in both shared interests and common values. While our shared interests drive us to work hand-in-hand shaping a rules-based international system, as two of the world’s leading democracies, we also believe in the importance of supporting human dignity and supporting democracy, the rule of law, free markets, and human rights worldwide.

February 19, 2015, 9:30am ET - 11:45am ET

The Future of Defense

The last year has been a turbulent one for national security. Russia's aggression in Ukraine, extremists from ISIS to Boko Haram upending nation states, widespread refugee crises, the collapse of Libya and Yemen, and pandemic disease have eroded the stability of the international order. Domestically, the fractious politics make tough choices on defense difficult, raising the risk of ongoing sequester and a misalignment of U.S. strategy with resources and investment.

February 18, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:15am ET

American Leadership and Global Development

Every day, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is on the frontlines of extreme poverty and global conflict, seeking to encourage resilient, democratic societies. Its signature initiatives — including the US Global Development Lab, Feed the Future, and Power Africa — strive to serve as investments in America’s economic and national security.

February 12, 2015, 2:00pm ET - 3:30pm ET

Men, Fathers, and Work-Family Balance

Work family balance issues and labor protections – such as paid family leave, paid sick days, and flexibility arrangements – are often framed as issues that pertain primarily if not solely to women. Research, too, has focused on women and mothers’ wage penalties, confidence gaps, and mommy tracks. But work family balance issues are family issues, which affect men as well as women. Now, as most families face a reality where all parents must work, and as new norms around fatherhood, male caregiving, and equitable partnerships grow, more men than ever before report experiencing conflicts between their work and home lives.

Please join the Center for American Progress as a panel of experts discuss these issues and the research that has been done on men’s work family conflict, timed with the release of a new paper. Josh Earnest, a new father and the White House Press Secretary, will lead our event to speak about his own experiences.

February 4, 2015, 12:00pm ET - 1:30pm ET

Emerging Models for Energy and Climate Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region

There can be no solution to the world’s pressing energy and climate challenges without enhanced cooperation among Asia-Pacific nations. Collectively, these countries account for close to two-thirds of global energy demand and a similar share of greenhouse gas emissions—and their share of both is slated to grow steeply in the next two decades. At the same time, the impacts of climate change—including flooding, sea-level rise, and hurricanes—are already hitting the region hard, particularly in Southeast Asia, and these threats will only increase without concerted, coordinated action.

January 26, 2015, 9:30am ET - 11:45am ET

Egypt’s Revolution Four Years Later

Four years after the first protests ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt remains in the midst of unfinished political and economic transitions at a time of new security threats across the Middle East. As the most populous Arab country, Egypt is central to achieving stability and progress in the Middle East.

January 23, 2015, 10:00am ET - 12:15pm ET

Creating Inclusive Prosperity: Challenges and Solutions

Declining growth, the effects of the financial crisis, and increasing inequality have placed substantial economic stress on middle-class families across the developed world, with poor policy choices exacerbating the impact. In a new report, the Inclusive Prosperity Commission, or IPC—a trans-Atlantic board convened by the Center for American Progress—promises to meet these challenges head-on by […]

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

Spare Parts

Please join the Center for American Progress' Reel Progress film series and Senator Richard Durbin for an exclusive screening of Spare Parts, a true life story about four Hispanic high school students who form a robotics club under the leadership of their school’s newest teacher, Fredi, played by George Lopez. With no experience, 800 dollars, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country’s reigning robotics champion, MIT. On their journey, they learn not only how to build a robot- they learn to build a bond that will last a lifetime.

January 13, 2015, 6:30pm ET - 9:00pm ET

Valuing All Our Families: Progressive Policies that Strengthen Family Commitments and Reduce Family Disparities

Stable, healthy marriages and relationships can bolster the economic security and well-being of adults and children. Too often, however, national debates about the family have been limited to arguing the merits of married versus single parenthood, or “traditional” families versus “alternative” ones. An underlying assumption often seems to be that these are static forms into which children are born and remain until they leave home.

It is time to move beyond the simple binaries that tend to structure public debate in this area. Please join the Center for American Progress for an event to release a report that offers a new framework for understanding family indicators that can influence child and adult outcomes and policy recommendations that support stable and healthy relationships and economic security for all families.

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

Reimagining the Path to the Workforce: Nanodegrees and Other Flexible Workplace Credentials

In order to ensure the 21st century workforce has flexible and new paths to employment, it is time to reimagine the types of credentials that people earn. While the college bachelor’s degree will remain a mainstay of the U.S. economic engine, there are other types of credentials that can help workers learn skills that help them enter the workforce quickly or progress in their career. Some employers and institutions are using innovative curriculum designs to offer nanodegrees that give workers skills and the opportunity to earn a wage premium while not requiring them to be out of the workforce for a prolonged time. These credentials will allow workers and students to design a program of study that matches the modern economy.

The Center for American Progress will discuss innovative programs to reimagine the way that students earn postsecondary credentials. A recent CAP report examined stackable credentials that could dramatically increase the number of students who successfully complete college by allowing them to move between education and work while amassing credentials that build upon each other. A panel will discuss these emerging approaches to program design.

December 16, 2014, 9:30am ET - 11:00am ET

The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy

Foreign policy crises seem to be multiplying around the world, including the brutal threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, continued Russian support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, violence in the Central African Republic, and civil conflict in Libya and Yemen. In the face of these challenges, deeply divergent views about American foreign policy interests and the appropriate use of American power have divided both Democrats and Republicans across and within party lines.

December 15, 2014, 11:00am ET - 12:30pm ET

Dirty Money, Dirty Water: The End of Public Financing for North Carolina Judges

Please join the Center for American Progress for a screening of a brief mini-documentary that chronicles the effect of coal ash pollution on North Carolina families and discusses reforms that keep polluters and other campaign donors from influencing our courts. A panel of experts will analyze the role that U.S. state courts play in protecting the environment. The panel will discuss reforms that keep courts fair for those suing powerful companies, as well as a recent CAP report, which found that public financing for judicial campaigns undermined the influence of campaign contributors in North Carolina judicial elections.

December 12, 2014, 12:00pm ET - 1:30pm ET

We The People

In roughly 30 states, it is still legal to fire, refuse housing, or deny service to Americans based solely on sexual orientation or gender identity. This discrimination causes disproportionate rates of homelessness, unemployment, poverty, and negative health outcomes within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, community. With marriage equality continuing its overwhelming success in courts across the country, the time is now to continue the conversation about ensuring basic protections for all Americans.

December 10, 2014, 9:30am ET - 11:00am ET

One Strike and You’re Out: How to Remove Barriers to Economic Mobility for Americans with Criminal Records

Between 70 million and 100 million - or as many as one in three Americans - have some type of criminal record. Many have only minor offenses; some have only arrests without conviction. Yet having even a minor criminal history now carries lifelong barriers that can stand in the way of basic necessities such as employment and housing. This has broad implications—not only for the millions of individuals who are prevented from moving on with their lives and becoming productive citizens, but also for their families, communities, and the nation's economy.

Join the Center for American Progress for a conversation about how mass incarceration and hyper-criminalization have become a major driver of poverty and inequality and what can be done to remove obstacles to economic security and mobility for people with criminal records. At this event, CAP will release a new report that explores how a criminal record serves as a barrier to employment, housing, public assistance, education and training, and more, as well as recommendations to ensure that Americans with criminal records have a fair shot at making a decent living, providing for their families, and joining the middle class.

December 2, 2014, 12:00pm ET - 1:30pm ET