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Event Archives: 2012

All New America events for the given year are available below. To jump to another year's archives, please use the links at right. To view upcoming events click here.

A Multi-Generational Approach to Global Poverty Alleviation

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:00am

In a global context in which adolescents and youth consistently capture policymakers’ attention as potentially politically and economically problematic, global advocates urge countries to view the life-stages of adolescence and youth—and large youth cohorts in the developing world—as an economic and social opportunity.  Financial inclusion, and particularly access to savings, has been suggested as one tool that can support adolescents and youth in successfully navigating the transition to adulthood in the developing world. 
 

Can We Imagine Our Way to a Better Future?

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 9:00am
It’s 2014 and we have no flying cars, no Mars colonies, no needle-less injections, and yet plenty of smartphone dating apps. Is our science fiction to blame if we find today’s science and technology less than dazzling? Inspired by Neal Stephenson’s 2011 article “Innovation Starvation,” in which he argues that science fiction is failing to supply our scientists and engineers with inspiration, and the new anthology Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future, this event will explore a more ambitious narrative about what’s coming.
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Iraq After America

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 12:15pm
More than a decade after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, most studies of the conflict focus on the twin questions of whether the United States should have entered the country in 2003 and whether it should have exited in 2011, but few have examined the new Iraqi state and society on its own merits. This is especially disconcerting in light of the recent crisis with the Islamic State.
 

NYC: Fleeing War and Finding Family

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 6:00pm
Years after Sarah Wildman’s grandparents had both passed away, Wildman found a cache of letters written to her grandfather in a file labeled “Correspondence: Patients A-G.” What she found weren’t dry medical histories but a rare path into the destroyed world of her family’s prewar Vienna.
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America’s Worst Colleges

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 9:30am
One of the best ways to boost the number of college graduates in America is to steer prospective students away from “dropout factories”—that is, colleges with low graduation rates and high prices, debt levels and student default rates. The college “rating system” the Obama administration plans to unveil this fall promises to do just that. But the obstacles—including pushback from higher ed lobbies and GOP lawmakers—are substantial.

The Rise of Lashkar-e-Taiba

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 12:15pm
Although they are some of the world’s foremost terrorist groups, not much is widely known about Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), one of the largest terrorist organizations in South Asia that operates out of Pakistan and was responsible for the three day siege of the Taj Hotel in Mumbai in 2008 that killed 165 people. But now, former New York Times contributor Arif Jamal has documented the history, ideology, and global operations of LET and other groups in South Asia, bringing little-known facts about the dangers they pose to global security to light.

ECONOMICS: A User's Guide

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 1:00pm
Given that chemistry is the study of chemicals and biology is the study of living things, one might assume that economics is the study of the economy. That's not entirely incorrect, but it's not the entire story either.

Digital Borders and Technological Sovereignty

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 9:00am
After the surveillance disclosures by Edward Snowden in 2013, government officials and other public figures in Europe and elsewhere have been proposing changes that qualify as attempts to gain “technological sovereignty”. Most prominent have been various data localization proposals especially in Brazil or continental Europe (“Schengen cloud”) that have attracted significant attention. Others include calls for stronger encryption, new undersea cables, and support for local industry.
 
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NYC: The Chinese American Dream

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 6:30pm

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Next Steps for the Israelis and Palestinians

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 9:00am
The 50-day heightened hostilities in Gaza left an unprecedented scale of damage. The UN reports 2131 Palestinians were killed, 1473 identified as civilians, including 501 children. 108,000 persons are homeless and nearly half a million with inadequate water access. Gaza's economic sector also suffered major devastation, including the destruction or damage of hundreds of factories and thousands of acres of farmland. The IDF reports that 4,000 rockets were fired. 67 soldiers and 6 civilians were killed.