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Discovering the Power of Community in Unexpected Places

Recently, I have been hearing a lot about supporting “community” as a way to address pressing urban challenges, such as rising crime, entrenched poverty, and substandard education systems.  The concept of “community” – especially those deemed to be “sustainable” and “resilient” – has come to be a currency of the realm in discussions about cities, development, and rebounding from disaster. Any understanding of “community” loses texture and vitality as it becomes a term of art spoken too often in policy debates without much thought. 

Global Trends and Their Implications: Focus on Climate Change

The Wilson Center’s Global Sustainability and Resilience Program and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation convened a panel on the implications of trends that will define the next decade. Urbanization, migration, and climate change are some of the complex realities that are challenging leaders and citizens across the planet. This edition of REWIND recaps the conversation concerning climate change.

5 Reasons America Should Fear the Global Middle Class

In his last State of the Union address, President Obama made a pitch for “middle class economics” to help America’s beleaguered middle class, which continues to face stagnant wages, job displacement and soaring college costs and debt. His stated goal was to provide Americans with the requisite tools to get ahead in a fast-paced, constantly changing global economy. Of course, the United States middle class is not alone. Those in other advanced industrial countries are suffering similar or worse fates.

Religion and the Encounter with Modernity: What Can We Learn from Jewish Urbanization?

We live in an era in which global terrorism wraps itself in theology. Religious groups that employ the language of ancient scriptures often do so using cell phones and YouTube videos. How are we to understand this seeming discrepancy? This talk uses the case of Jewish urbanization in the nineteenth century to discuss some of the ways religious leaders and communities engage with the fear and possibility presented by modernity. What are the political implications for theological and cultural nostalgia? Can we understand why some responses are more violent than others?

Urban Violence: Building Safe and Inclusive Cities in Latin America

Join us for a panel discussion on policy options for building safe and inclusive cities in Latin America based on recent field research conducted in several major urban areas in the region.

Welcoming Remarks:

Cynthia J. Arnson, Director, Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

Introduction:

Eric Hershberg, Director, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, American University

Panelists:

Where Does Baltimore Go From Here?

As calm begins to return to Baltimore many long standing issues remain. They were not resolved during decades of decline and they are not likely going to be resolved in the short term. We asked Blair Ruble, Vice President for Programs and Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory at the Wilson Center how the community can begin to move forward.

Promoting Diversity in Our Nation’s Think Tanks: Which Way Forward?

The Urban Institute, The Wilson Center, and UC Riverside School of Public Policy are pleased to host an important conversation on how best to improve diversity in our nation’s think tanks. We will discuss the problem of lack of gender and racial diversity in research and leadership positions. And we will discuss concrete solutions—either those already underway, or additional strategies that need to be crafted and deployed.

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