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Past Public Programs

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The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College invites you to a discussion about the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran. The speakers will be ... Read more
 
The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College is pleased to host “Human Rights in the USA,” a forum in advance of the May 11 review of the US Human Rights Record at the UN Human Rights Council.  The... Read more
 
The Seduction of Government Secrecy
Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr., chief counsel to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School, visits Roosevelt House to mark the publication of his new book, Democracy in the Dark: The Seduction of... Read more
 
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Historian Michael Signer, who has served as counsel to Governor Mark Warner in Richmond and as senior policy advisor at the Center for American Progress, discusses the early life of James Madison, the fourth president of the... Read more
 
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Susan Butler‘s new book explores the complex partnership during World War II between FDR and Stalin and tells the story of how the leaders of the capitalist world and the Communist world became more than allies of... Read more
 
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Roosevelt House will host a panel discussion, “Politics of Gentrification: Investment, Displacement and the Fight for the Future in Greenpoint and Chinatown,”  which picks up on a recent series of Issue Briefs on affordable housing in New... Read more
 
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Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s wave of Great Society legislation gave historic momentum to greater economic and racial equality. Much of that progress is embedded in society today, and yet the income gap between the richest... Read more
 
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Join us for a special evening featuring Erik Larson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts, who will introduce his new book, Dead Wake, the story of... Read more
 
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Arlene Alda‘s Just Kids from the Bronx is a collection of vivid oral histories revealing what it was like to grow up in the place that bred the influencers in just about every field of endeavor today. The Bronx is... Read more
 
Our-Kids
Robert Putnam, author of the groundbreaking and influential bestseller Bowling Alone, discusses his newest book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, an authoritative examination of the growing inequality... Read more
 
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A two-day academic conference.
 
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How can we confront the problems of diminished democracy, pervasive economic inequality, and persistent global poverty? Is it possible to fulfill the dual aims of deepening democratic participation and achieving economic justice, not only locally... Read more
 
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Harold Holzer‘s Lincoln and the Power of the Press has been widely acclaimed as “a monumental, richly detailed portrait of the world of 19th-­century journalism and Lincoln’s relation to it”... Read more
 
UN Syria
The James G. McDonald Distinguished Lecture on Humanitarian Intervention, co-sponsored by The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. ... Read more
 
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Due to weather issues, tonight’s program with Mark Blyth will now start at 7 pm.  We will have light refreshments and book sales beginning at 6. Join us at Roosevelt... Read more
 
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Event Will Be Held at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (Entrance on 68th Street near Lexington Avenue)
 
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On January 23, 2015, Roosevelt House hosted a rare opportunity to meet Ken Burns and Geoffrey C. Ward, creators of the acclaimed PBS documentary, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” and authors of... Read more
 
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Join us at Roosevelt House for a special evening exploring the argument — and contemporary meaning — of The Declaration of Independence, the foundational statement of America’s commitment to equality. Danielle Allen,... Read more
 
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Join us at Roosevelt House for a special evening with Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative. A MacArthur “Genius” award winner and one of the... Read more
 
Sphinx
Join us at Roosevelt House for a book discussion with journalist Nicholas Wapshott. In The Sphinx, Nicholas Wapshott recounts how an ambitious and resilient Roosevelt—nicknamed “the Sphinx” for his cunning, cryptic... Read more
 
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Sixty years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled that segregation made schools “inherently unequal” and had no place in education in the 20th century. This landmark ruling found that segregation violated the 14th... Read more
 
Isis
In the wake of Syria’s civil war, the Islamic State (IS), also known as ISIS, has emerged as the new face of extremism and ethnic violence in the Middle East. IS has seized international attention and raised widespread fear with a series of... Read more
 
 
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The Marshall Project is a pioneering initiative in public service journalism to bring skilled investigative reporting to the American criminal justice system.  It is scheduled to launch in mid-November. Neil... Read more
 
However You Dress. Wherever You Go.
The recent reports of sexual assaults on college campuses have opened a new debate about notions of masculinity, sex and gender relations. This panel will explore the roots of campus-based sexual violence, strategies to address and prevent it, as... Read more
 
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New technologies can play a key role in protecting human rights, but also create new threats to human rights and vulnerabilities for human rights defenders. This program examined such developments as the use of satellite imagery, drones, and... Read more
 
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Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College East 68th Street (btwn. Lexington and Park Avenues)
 
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From acclaimed historian Richard Norton Smith comes the definitive life of an American icon: Nelson Rockefeller — one of the most complex and compelling figures of the... Read more
 
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New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow’s Fire Shut in My Bones looks back at his childhood in the out-of-time... Read more
 
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Roosevelt House welcomed former Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino to celebrate the publication of his memoir Mayor for a New America, in which he takes us behind-the-scenes of the crises and triumphs of his... Read more
 

Public Programs at Roosevelt House are free to the public and open with advance registration, made possible through the support of the Charina Endowment Fund and other generous donors.