Free Speech: Testing the Limits of the First Amendment

This timely program addresses language as a weapon, hate speech, incitement, the internet, and how the first amendment is being tested. Speakers: Dr. Kurt Braddock is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at American University, where he is…

The Electoral College: Is it time to replace it?

Every four years, millions of Americans wonder why they choose their presidents through the Electoral College, an arcane institution that permits the loser of the popular vote to become president and narrows campaigns to swing states. Most Americans have long…

A Nation Divided and Polarized: Can We Discuss Solutions?

A divided and polarized nation can be toxic to democracy. What has fostered the divide and can a bridge to civility and common ground be achieved? Join our distinguished experts for an important discussion that is critical to our nation’s…

Exploring the Misinformation Landscape

The media news landscape is difficult to navigate and is fueled with false and manipulated information. Yet, to be a knowledgeable voter and engaged citizen requires credible trusted information and journalism. This program will explore journalism and news literacy and…

Dog whistle racism, race-class fusion politics, and our future

Over the last half-century, the Republican Party has exploited social divisions—and racism in particular—to win power, and then has ruled primarily on behalf of the ultra-wealthy. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party has struggled to respond effectively and has even stooped to…