Past Events

The Center for American Progress also sponsors Reel Progress, a progressive film series.

A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. 1, 1809–1849

Please join the Center for American Progress for a fascinating discussion with author Sidney Blumenthal about the first installment in his multivolume examination of the political mind of President Abraham Lincoln. The series looks at the genius of Lincoln from his obscure beginnings to his presidency, assassination, and the overthrow of his post-Civil War dreams of Reconstruction. The first volume, A Self-Made Man, traces Lincoln from his painful youth, describing himself as “a slave,” to his emergence as the man we recognize as Abraham Lincoln. From his youth as a “newsboy,” a voracious newspaper reader, Lincoln became a free thinker, reading Thomas Paine, as well as Shakespeare and the Bible, and studying Euclid to sharpen his arguments as a lawyer. Lincoln’s anti-slavery thinking began in his childhood amid the Primitive Baptist anti-slavery dissidents in backwoods Kentucky and Indiana, the roots of his repudiation of Southern Christian pro-slavery theology.

Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005

Lessons Learned from the Charter Sector Over the Past 25 Years

Please join the Center for American Progress for a panel discussion about the lessons learned from the charter sector over the past 25 years, the future of the sector, and how to increase the number of high-quality public schools. Panelists will provide diverse perspectives on the effectiveness of the current charter school landscape and insight into what the future holds for charter schools.

Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005

Beyond the Moon

As NASA Administrator Charles Bolden noted this past October at the Center for American Progress, America is closer to sending a human to Mars than ever before. But while the United States has made significant progress toward that goal in recent years, NASA must still discover how it will overcome the practical physical and psychological challenges American astronauts will face on their voyage to—and their stay on—the red planet.

Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005

Enhancing Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry in the United States

The United States has made remarkable strides over the past seven years to address climate change, both domestically and internationally. Yet there is widespread agreement that more must be done to reduce pollution and increase resilience to an already changing climate. Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion about these challenges and opportunities with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and other distinguished guests.

Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005

Under the Gun

The massacre at Sandy Hook was seen as a watershed moment in our national gun debate, but the body count at the hands of gun violence has only grown. Through the lens of victims’ families, as well as pro-gun advocates, Under the Gun examines why our politicians have failed to act.

Navy Memorial Theater, 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20004

The Fight for $15

When some 200 New York City fast food workers walked off their jobs in November 2012 to demand a $15 minimum wage and a union, no one could have predicted that the one-day strike would spark a national movement. But when workers won a $15 minimum wage in SeaTac, Washington, in 2013, and then soon after in Seattle, the movement seemed to capture the public imagination. Less than four years since it began, the Fight for $15 movement has not only united low-wage workers across the country in a call for better wages and a voice on the job, but also pushed policymakers across the country to raise state and local minimum wage laws.

Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005

Connectography

Connectivity is the most revolutionary force of the 21st century. Mankind is re-engineering the planet, investing up to $10 trillion per year in transportation, energy, and communications infrastructure linking the world’s burgeoning megacities together. This has profound consequences for geopolitics, economics, demographics, the environment, and social identity. Connectivity, not geography, is our destiny.

Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005

Midwest Resilient Cities Summit: Building Equity in a Changing Climate

Please join us for this workshop and dialogue with Midwestern city and community leaders as well as federal policy makers on successful strategies to improve social equity and climate change resilience in low-income communities. The event will feature remarks by White House Council on Environmental Quality Managing Director Christie Goldfuss and city sustainability and resilience leaders from Ann Arbor, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Toledo, Ohio.

Cleveland State University Student Center , 2121 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH , 44115

Next Steps for Progress on Equal Pay

Upholding the core principle of equal pay for equal work stands at the heart of the nation’s commitment to equality and fairness. Yet women consistently identify the lack of equal pay as a top concern that erodes their economic security and perpetuates unfairness in the workplace. There are actionable steps that can be taken in order to strengthen existing protections, improve workplace practices, and move closer to closing the stubbornly persistent wage gap.

Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005

Securing the Economic Future of Palestine

Despite the best efforts of presidents of both parties, the United States has yet to broker a comprehensive, two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. However difficult diplomatic progress may be, there are steps the United States and its allies can take to keep the window for a two-state solution alive. By encouraging economic progress in the Palestinian territories, the United States and its allies can improve the day-to-day lives of average Palestinians and strengthen the foundation for an eventual Palestinian state.

Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005