United States Studies

University Park Community Solar LLC – the First Community Solar Power Initiative

In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint the University Park community in Maryland established a solar power generation plant for member residents.

The Quarterly Report: Is Democracy Worth It?

On this episode of Dialogue at the Wilson Center, the respondents explored the latest issue of the Wilson Center’s flagship publication, the Wilson Quarterly with the help of its editor, Steve Lagerfeld.

American Muslim Local Officials: Challenges and Opportunities

When Washingtonians think of U.S. Muslim officials, the names of Representatives Keith Ellison and André Carson come to mind. What may be of greater interest to many people outside the Beltway, however, is the increasing number of local Muslim officials. Join us for a program in which Muslim mayors, city council members and judges will discuss the particular challenges and opportunities facing them today as they seek appointment or election  and carry out their responsibilities once in office.

Educating for Democracy: The Taube Discussion Series on Teaching American Values

What are core American values, and how should they be taught in the nation's classrooms? Four lectures on the subject were presented by the Hon. Sandra Day O'Connor, Dr. Donna E. Shalala, Prof. Erwin Chemerinsky, and Prof. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot. The lightly edited version of their talks provides thoughts about both basic values and the approaches most likely to be successful with K-12 students. 

Whose Child Am I?

A young boy jumped a subway turnstile in New York. He was caught and incarcerated at the Riker’s Island juvenile facility. Another child might have been released to his parents but this boy, an undocumented immigrant, was placed in federal custody.

The Legal and Media Worlds Look at the Supreme Court 2012 Term

The American Bar Association Division for Public Education
 and the Woodrow Wilson Center

Invite you to attend our Supreme Court program:

On the Docket
THE LEGAL AND MEDIA WORLDS
LOOK AT THE SUPREME COURT 2012 TERM

Panelists will discuss the upcoming Supreme Court term and
how the modern media covers our nation’s highest court. 

Is Entrepreneurship the Key to Economic Recovery?

Historically, economic downturns have provided fertile ground for entrepreneurship. Many of the mainstays of the American economy were founded during economic lulls. And when it comes to job creation, startups have always contributed mightlily to the equation. Is the same true during the current economic crisis? We posed that question to Amy Wilkinson, who has been studying and reporting on the vital world of entrepreneurs.

Arizona's Immigration Law on Trial

With oral arguments complete, Supreme Cout justices will soon rule on Arizona's tough immigration law which has sparked national debate. A ruling in favor of Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 would likely enable Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah to move forward with comparable measures that were enacted but have been put on hold pending the high court's decision. And additonal states may be waiting in line with measures that would continue a trend of increasing legislative acitivity on immigration law at the state and local levels.

The Courts and Constitutional Democracy in America

This event is part of The American Bar Association's 2012 Leon Jaworski Public Program Series.

Since 2001, the American Bar Association Division for Public Education has conducted the Leon Jaworski public program series to commemorate Law Day. The Jaworski public programs have examined themes of law, politics, and culture and have operated on the premise that exploring fundamental legal identities and attributes help us better understand who we are as Americans.

The Courts and Constitutional Democracy in America Framing Questions

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