U.S. Domestic Policy Events

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National Security and Climate Change: What Do We Need to Know?

July 29, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
What do a White House senior adviser, a member of Congress, scientists, military planners, and business people have in common? At a June 4 symposium with 36 leaders from federal agencies, state and local government, research organizations, business, and academia, they all agreed that climate change is having an impact on national security that will only increase with time. This briefing will focus on the key recommendations and consensus points that emerged from the June discussion and highlight the next steps for action.
Webcast

The Humanitarian Crisis and Unaccompanied Minors: A View from the Region

July 24, 2014 // 11:30am12:30pm
Latin American Program
Foreign Ministers of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, will join us to discuss the regional perspective to the humanitarian crisis and unaccompanied minors.
Podcast

What Is Causing the Sudden Flood of Unaccompanied Children from Central America?

June 30, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
As many as 52,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America have arrived at the U.S. border since October, 2013 with the possibility of another 60,000 arriving before the end of this year. In this Ground Truth Briefing, three experts on the ground in Central America will discuss this developing crisis.

New Terrorism Meets New Media

May 14, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Science and Technology Innovation Program
There is a clear trend of terrorist "migration" to online social media, including YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. This new arena of open and social systems presents new challenges and requires dramatic shifts in strategic thinking regarding national security and countering terrorism.
Webcast

The Vote: When Does Suffrage Become Universal?

May 01, 2014 // 5:00pm7:00pm
This year’s Law Day theme is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.” The 2014 Leon Jaworski Public Program will focus on the ideal and practice of universal suffrage, emphasizing and exploring the “every” in the 2014 Law Day theme.

People Out of Place: A Constitutional History of the Long 1960s

January 13, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Vagrancy laws made it a crime to be idle and poor, or dissolute, or to wander about without any purpose. African Americans and other civil rights activists, communists, labor union activists, poor people, Beats and hippies, gay men and lesbians, women, Vietnam War protestors and student activists, and young, urban minority men all contested their constitutionality. In 1971 and 1972, the Supreme Court struck them down. Risa Goluboff shows how this changing constitutional status of vagrancy laws was part and parcel of the larger social transformations of the long 1960s.

GPS: At the Intersection of Navigation and Cyber Security

December 03, 2013 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Science and Technology Innovation Program
Global Positioning Systems (GPS), the backbone of worldwide Position, Timing, and Navigation systems, is easily interfered with and active spoofing attacks have been demonstrated. This policy level talk, hosted by the Commons Lab of the Science and Technology Innovation Program, examines the cyber-security risks and their potential impact on the transportation, financial, and energy sectors.

Access to Capital after the Poor People’s Campaign

November 21, 2013 // 2:30pm4:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
As we mark the 45th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign, we must consider the mixed legacy of one element of their platform, the demand that access to capital be expanded.
Webcast

New Visions for Citizen Science

November 20, 2013 // 1:00pm5:00pm
Science and Technology Innovation Program
This roundtable will connect federal agencies hoping to initiate or expand open innovation projects with leaders in citizen science, who are engaging the public participates in scientific research through lab and field work, crowdsourcing platforms, and online games. Opening remarks by Kumar Garg, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and keynote by Bob Perciasepe, EPA Deputy Administrator.

The Other Welfare: Supplemental Security Income and U.S. Social Policy

November 04, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Supplemental Security Income, passed in 1972 during an innovative and expansive phase of the American welfare state, marked an effort to do welfare right. But economic and political circumstances, as well as the contingencies of the moment, all combined to turn the program into a source of controversy over such things as whether parents coached their children to act “crazy” in an effort to secure benefits or whether immigrants deserved benefits.

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