Featuring a distinguished panel of scholars and public policy analysts and conceived and planned by Hunter faculty, this all-day inaugural Roosevelt House academic conference addressed contemporary challenges in the areas of health, education, human rights and immigration policy.
9:00: Welcoming Remarks: Vita Rabinowitz, Provost and Professor of Psychology
9:15-10:30: Session I – “Reflections on National Health Reform”
John McDonough, Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Roosevelt House and Former Senior Advisor, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (through January 2010)
Introduction: Kristine Gebbie, Joan Hansen Grabe Dean of the School of Nursing
Discussant: Donna Nickitas, Professor, School of Nursing
10:45-12:00 Session II – “The Federal Role in Education: From FDR to NCLB”
Carl Kaestle, University Professor and Professor of Education History and Public Policy Emeritus, Brown University
Introduction: Sherryl Graves, Acting Dean and Professor, School of Education
Discussant: Joseph Viteritti, Blanche D. Blank Professor of Public Policy and Chair, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning
1:00 Greetings: Jennifer J. Raab, President
1:15-2:00 Keynote Address
“Shaded by Fear: The New Deal and its Legacies” Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History,
Introduction: Donna Haverty-Stacke, Associate Professor of History
2:15-3:30 Session III – “How is Obama Doing on Human Rights?”
Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch
Introduction: Jonathan Fanton, Franklin D. Roosevelt Visiting Fellow, Roosevelt House and former President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Discussant: John Wallach, Professor of Political Science
3:45-5:00 Session IV – “America’s War on Immigrants”
Douglas S. Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University and President of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Introduction: Nancy Foner, CUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology
Discussant: Lina Newton, Associate Professor of Political Science
5:00 Closing Remarks: Judith Friedlander, Acting Director of Academic Programs, Roosevelt House and Professor of Anthropology
About the Speakers:
John McDonough is Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Roosevelt House and, until January 2010, served as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health Care, Education, Labor and Pensions. He was chief advisor to the late Senator Edward Kennedy on health care reform, and previously had been Executive Director of Health Care for All, a Massachusetts health advocacy organization and had served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. McDonough has taught at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Heller School of Brandeis University. A nationally renowned expert on health care reform, his articles have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, and other journals, and he has written two books, Experiencing Politics: A Legislator’s Stories of Government and Health Care (2000), and Interests, Ideas, and Deregulation: The Fate of Hospital Rate Setting (1997). He received a doctorate in public health from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan in 1996.
Carl Kaestle is University Professor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Education, History and Public Policy at Brown University. His scholarly record on issues from literacy development in the U.S., to the evolution of urban school systems, to the federal role in school reform place him among the top education historians in the nation today. Prior to coming to Brown Professor Kaestle taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Chicago.
At Brown, Kaestle directed the Advanced Studies Fellowship program for junior scholars whose research was aimed at advancing knowledge about federal and national strategies for school reform. The project culminated in a book (edited with Alyssa Lodewick), To Educate a Nation: Federal and National Strategies of School Reform (2007).
Kaestle has been President of the National Academy of Education, Vice-Chair of the Board on Testing and Assessment of the National Research Council, and served on boards or study groups sponsored by the Educational Testing Service and the College Board, among other organizations. He received his Ph.D. in Education from Harvard University in 1971.
Ira Katznelson is Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University. In addition to Columbia, he has taught at the University of Chicago and the New School for Social Research, where he was dean of the graduate faculty. Katznelson is currently working on books on the New Deal and on affirmative action. Among his previous publications are When Affirmative Action was White (2005), Desolation and Enlightenment: Political Knowledge after Total War, Totalitarianism, and the Holocaust (2003), Black Men, White Cities (1973), City Trenches (1981), Schooling for All (with Margaret Weir, 1985), Marxism and the City (1992), and Liberalism’s Crooked Circle (1996), which won the Michael Harrington and Lionel Trilling Book Awards. Katznelson was President of the American Political Science Association in 2005-2006. Previously, he served as President of the Social Science History Association, and Chair of the Russell Sage Foundation Board of Trustees.. He received his Ph.D. in history from Cambridge University in 1969.
Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch since 1993, has investigated human rights abuses around the globe, with special expertise on: issues of justice and accountability for atrocities committed in the quest for peace, military conduct in war under the requirements of international humanitarian law, counterterrorism policy, including resort to torture and arbitrary detention, the human rights policies of the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations, and, the human rights responsibilities of multinational businesses. Roth has published more than 100 articles and chapters on a range of human rights topics. Before joining Human Rights Watch as deputy director in 1987, Roth was a federal prosecutor for both the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and Brown University.
Douglas S. Massey is the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He has published extensively on Mexican immigration, including the books Return to Aztlan (1987) and Miracles on the Border (1995) co-authored with Jorge Durand.Also coauthored with Jorge Durand are Crossing the Border (2004) and Beyond Smoke and Mirrors (2002). His most recent book on immigration (coauthored with Magaly Sanchez) is entitled Brokered Boundaries: Creating Immigrant Identity in Anti-Immigrant Times ( 2010). Among his other books are American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass ( 1993), which won the Distinguished Publication Award of the American Sociological Association and the Otis Dudley Duncan Award of the ASA’s Population Section, Categorically Unequal: The American Stratification System ( 2007), and Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial, and Social Currents in America’s Selective Colleges and Universities (2009). In addition to teaching at Princeton, Massey has also served on the faculty of the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the current President of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1978.