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Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction

The world is facing resurgent and evolving threats from weapons of mass destruction. Recent events show the far-ranging spectrum we must contend with—from persistent state-based dangers such as North Korea, to continued chemical weapons use in Syria, to terrorist organizations such as ISIS growing increasingly capable of obtaining or improvising weapons of mass destruction.

January 14, 2016, 1:30pm ET - 3:00pm ET

Climate Finance in the Paris Era

The Paris climate summit has focused the world’s attention on the fundamental shift in global finance flows that will be necessary to limit carbon pollution and adapt to the effects of climate change. Yet, despite new finance commitments in Paris from governments and the private sector, there remains a vast shortfall in funding for clean energy, natural capital, and climate resilience.

January 13, 2016, 10:00am ET - 11:30am ET

U.S.-Colombia Partnership

In February, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will visit Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 15 years of cooperation between Colombia and the United States that have helped transform Colombia from a state teetering on the edge of failure to one on the doorstep of a historic peace agreement that could bring an end to the longest-running internal armed conflict in the Western hemisphere. The visit also will provide an opportunity to define the next chapter in one of the most important bilateral relationships in the Americas.

January 12, 2016, 11:00am ET - 12:00pm ET

What’s at Stake in This Supreme Court Term?

As the Supreme Court term heads toward the halfway mark, a large number of high-stakes cases will produce long-lasting consequences for how “equal justice under law” is defined and achieved. Each case alone threatens big changes in the lives of everyday Americans. Together, they could result in a dramatic, conservative shift in the law and a significant expansion in the Court’s role—from increasing conservative political power; to further depriving women’s access to health care; to undermining workers’ rights and immigration rights; to eliminating diversity in higher education, this is a critical year for political, civil, and individual rights at the Supreme Court.

Please join the Center for American Progress for a panel discussion on what is at stake at the Supreme Court this year and what we can expect in the coming months.

January 7, 2016, 10:00am ET - 11:30am ET

An Opportunity Agenda for Renters

The severe and worsening inequality in the United States means that access to opportunity is often dependent on where a person lives. Yet due to a lack of available affordable housing and deeply rooted patterns of residential segregation, where people live depends in large part on their income, race, and ethnicity. Policies that promote residential mobility while also reinvesting in racially segregated and high-poverty neighborhoods are crucial for reducing inequality and promoting healthy communities.

December 16, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:45am ET

The Paris Agreement and the Future of International Climate Policy

Please join us for a conversation with Special Envoy Stern to hear his singular insights into the negotiating dynamics on the ground, the outcomes of the conference, and what the new climate agreement means for the future of U.S. and international efforts to combat climate change.

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

Innovations in Clinical Preparation for Teachers

Charter management organizations and traditional preparation programs alike are pursuing clinically based strategies to train and prepare prospective teachers for the classroom, often expanding the pool of teacher candidates in the process. This panel will explore innovations in clinical preparation from across the country. By highlighting these programs, we can arrive one step closer to ensuring that all teachers will have the tools necessary to lead their students to success. We hope you will join the Clayton Christensen Institute and the Center for American Progress for this discussion.

December 11, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:00am ET

The Impact of Criminal Records on Children and Families

Nearly four decades of mass incarceration and overcriminalization have made the United States the world leader in incarceration and arrests, with some 70 million to 100 million Americans having some type of criminal record. Many have been convicted of only minor offenses, and many have arrests that never led to a conviction. Whether or not individuals have spent time behind bars, having a criminal record often carries a lifetime of consequences that last long after they have paid their debt to society. Having even a minor criminal record can be a life sentence to poverty by presenting obstacles to employment, housing, education and training, and more. These consequences have broad implications—not only for the many tens of millions of adults with criminal records but also for their children and families. Please join the Center for American Progress for a conversation about the obstacles parents with criminal records face, as well as the resulting consequences for children and families.

December 10, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:00am ET

America Challenged: Foreign Affairs in 2016 and Beyond

Today, the United States and its allies find themselves in the midst of one of the most profound periods of global transformation. The rise of Brazil, Russia, China, and India as regional players is reshaping social, economic, and political spheres of influence across the globe. The conflict in the Middle East and the rise of ISIS is spreading insecurity to Europe, North Africa, and beyond.

December 9, 2015, 2:00pm ET - 3:30pm ET

Exploring the Geography of Student Debt

Student debt now tops $1.3 trillion in the United States and is greater than credit card and auto loan debt. Advocates, policymakers, and borrowers need a better understanding of the distribution of student loan debt in order to address the real challenges faced by borrowers and their communities. The Washington Center for Equitable Growth will present groundbreaking, interactive research that maps student debt concentration and distribution across income and geographies.

With Congress doing little to address the impact of student debt burdens on consumers and local economies, states are increasingly stepping up to the plate to look at consumer protections, support community colleges, and provide new options for borrowers who are stuck in loans with high interest rates. Given the magnitude of this debt, local leaders are taking action to address the problem.

December 1, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:30am ET

A Transatlantic Policy Conversation on Global Food Security

U.S. and European policymakers are increasingly focused on food security—alongside the related challenges of climate change, environmental deterioration, and water management—as key concerns for development and global governance. The interplay of these trends has been visible in the upheavals across the Middle East, as riots over the prices of staple foods and water disputes have illuminated the region’s extreme food insecurity. As the effects of climate change affect harvests in the decades to come, it is reasonable to expect that the knock-on effects of these disruptions will be magnified.

November 23, 2015, 12:00pm ET - 1:30pm ET

‘3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets’

“3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets” tells the story of the murder of Jordan Davis, the trials of his murderer, and the aftermath of yet another incident of racial bias and gun violence in America. It explores the dangerous impact of “stand your ground” laws and gives voice to the devastating effect of gun violence on families and communities across the United States.

Please join the Center for American Progress’ Reel Progress for a screening of this film followed by a panel discussion with the parents of Jordan Davis, Lucia McBath and Ron Davis.

November 18, 2015, 6:30pm ET - 9:00pm ET

Putting Child Care and Pre-K ‘Within Reach’

As millions of families continue to struggle with the skyrocketing high cost of child care and pre-K in the United States, early education issues must be be elevated in the national debate for the betterment of kids, families, and the economy. In the two years since President Barack Obama announced a proposal to expand preschool, early childhood policy has gained momentum, translating into important additional federal investments and numerous state and local initiatives. Next week, the Center for American Progress will launch "Within Reach", a new campaign to continue this momentum and emphasize the need for affordable high-quality child care and early childhood education for American families.

November 17, 2015, 10:30am ET - 12:00pm ET

A Stronger Economy Through Stronger Environmental Safety Standards

This November marks the 25th anniversary of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. The 1990 amendments ushered in a new era of protections from car pollution, toxic air pollutants, urban smog and acid rain. The amendments also established a national program to phase out and prevent release of chemicals that harm the stratospheric ozone layer. Not only were these changes sweeping, but they were also bipartisan. A Democratic-majority Congress passed the amendments, which were signed by Republican President George H.W. Bush.

November 16, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:30am ET

Global Millennial Engagement: From Dialogue to Action

The Millennial generation is shifting conventional wisdom on political engagement. While young people are more skeptical of institutions and less likely to identify with political parties, they are also more progressive then previous generations. What does this reality mean for political organizing as we know it? How do U.S. Millennials compare with their peers around the world? And how will they shape politics and policy in the decades to come?

Generation Progress, in partnership with Foundation for European Progressive Studies and AudienceNet, recently commissioned a groundbreaking new study called the Millennial Dialogue Project. This research on cultural norms, political engagement, and social change has now been conducted in over a dozen countries and will be presented by leading experts.

November 13, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:30am ET