Beyond Partisan Politics: A Civilized Forum for Debate will be held April 1st at the New York Public Library
This Saturday, April 1st, join Salman Rushdie (Bestselling author and former PEN President); Anne-Marie Slaughter (President and CEO, New America); John W. Dean (White House Counsel for President Richard Nixon); Lee C. Bollinger (President, Columbia University); Leon Botstein (President, Bard College); Jelani Cobb (New Yorker staff writer and author), Oz Sultan (Advisor to Trump:Pence Campaign), Brandon Washington (President, Brooklyn Young Republican Club), and dozens more authors, activists, journalists, and former White House staffers from both sides of the aisle for a series of spirited conversations about the state of our democracy.
Shades of Red and Blue: Uniting Our Divided Nation at The New York Public Library brings together intelligent minds from diverse points of view to model the art of “principled disagreement” and talk freely and honestly about: loss of trust in the institutions that guard our Constitution, the hardening of American borders, America’s responsibility to provide global security, whether diversity is a glue or dividing line for nations, and free speech, liberty and the public interest. The event has been convened by three non-partisan non-profits—The Ethics Centre, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program.
You can read more about the event and buy tickets here.
Shades of Red and Blue will consist of a series of six separate discussions:
The State of the Union: Watergate or Witch-Hunt? WITH: JOHN W. DEAN, HENDRIK HERTZBERG, AND JOHN PODHORETZ Join former White House Counsel John W. Dean, New Yorker staff writer and former speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, Hendrik Hertzberg, and John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary Magazine and speechwriter to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, as they ask if America is witnessing a witch-hunt or another Watergate?
The Problem of Strangers. WITH: JAMIL DAKWAR, SANA MUSTAFA, YAEL EISENSTAT, OZ SULTAN AND CHADWICK MOORE Walls. Bans. Raids. The hardening of America’s borders is an essential part of President Trump's program to make America great again. But will tightening immigration make for a safer and more prosperous nation? Should we care for others, not just our own? With Yael Eisenstat - diplomat and national security advisor to Vice President Biden and Oz Sultan - big data and counterterrorism strategist.
Global Security. WITH: THOMAS M. NICHOLS, ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER, ELMIRA BAYRASLI, WALTER RUSSELL MEAD, AND JAMES KETTERER For more than half a century, the United States has shouldered a disproportionate share of global security burdens and championed free trade and liberal democracy in the expectation of boosting prosperity at home and abroad. As China rises and Russia reasserts its place in the world, can America control its destiny?
Race, Religion, and Immigration. WITH: LEE BOLLINGER, JELANI COBB, PAOLA MENDOZA, DERRYCK GREEN, AND JHOSHAN JOTHILINGAM Diversity is a strength in some societies. In others, it is a source of unresolved tension that can erupt into fear, hatred, and violence.
Fake News, Free Speech, and the Media. WITH: SALMAN RUSHDIE, LEON BOTSTEIN, LACHLAN MARKAY, M.Z. HEMINGWAY, AND MATTHEW CONTINETTI All democracies have one thing in common – legitimacy. How should governments reconcile freedom of speech with the pursuit of absolute truth and legitimacy?
Hypothetical – Better Politics for a Better Future: MICHAEL SKOLNIK, ERIN SCHRODE, ADI SATHI, BRANDON WASHINGTON, DAVID MARCUS, AND SIMON LONGSTAFF All democracies have one thing in common – a need for legitimacy, which is ultimately derived from the free and informed consent of the people. Some argue journalism only matters when practiced in the public interest by those who care for and seek the truth. Others see the media merely as a tool for exercising influence and believe criticism amounts to treason.
About The Ethics Centre: The Ethics Centre is an independent Australian organization that exists to bring ethics to the centre of everyday personal and professional life. Based in Sydney, the Centre has provided a venue for individuals to think through and discuss ethical questions for over 25 years.
About Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs: Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is a forum for the world's leading thinkers, experts, and decision makers. The mission of the Council is to enlarge the audience for the simple but powerful message that ethics matter, regardless of place, origin, or belief.
About Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program: The Bard Globalization and International Affairs program (BGIA) brings students from across the world to study in New York City and to intern in organizations that match their experience and aspirations. Its faculty are leading scholar-practitioners and program events regularly convene some of the most important and compelling thinkers in international affairs. BGIA is part of Bard College, an institution that acts at the intersection of education and civil society.
Additional Information: Ticket Sales: Website Price: Students: $10 per session, Seniors: $17.50 per session, Adults: $20 per session Packages: Full-day and half-day discount packages available Categories: Politics, Global Affairs, Current Events
A Princeton PhD, was a U.S. diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Central/Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. After leaving the State Department in order to express opposition to the planned invasion of Iraq, he taught courses at Georgetown University pertaining to the tension between propaganda and public diplomacy. For many years he shared ideas on the theme "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" with Eurasian/European delegates participating in the "Open World" program.
Brown’s articles have appeared in numerous publications. A recent piece is “Janus-Faced Public Diplomacy: Creel and Lippmann During the Great War” (published in Nontraditional U.S. Public Diplomacy: Past, Present, and Future).
He is the author (with S. Grant) of The Russian Empire and the USSR: A Guide to Manuscripts and Archival Materials in the United States. He also served as an editor/translator of a joint U.S.-Soviet publication, The Establishment of Russian-American Relations, 1765-1815.