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Event Archives: 2015

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.

InSecurity: Race, Surveillance and Privacy in the Digital Age

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 6:30pm
Now more than ever, digital tools sit at a precarious tipping point, and many question whether they will be used to address pre-existing
disparities, or further entrench them. Specifically, the Internet and new networked technologies often increase the threat of mass surveillance and digital discrimination against communities of color, migrant and low-wage workers, and low-income families, amplifying problems of criminalization, deportation, poverty and overall insecurity.

Hacking the University: Will Tech Fix Higher Education?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 8:45am
If 2012 was the year of the Massive Open Online Course, according to the New York Times, 2013 was something of a reality check. MOOCs were meant to give people all over the United States (and the world) access to the best lecturers and classes from some of America's top universities. But their first iterations have been beset with problems--lack of student engagement, high dropout rates--leading critics to question their long-term value.

The Technology Deficit: Attracting Tech Talent into Government and Civil Society

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 9:00am
Technology is a powerful force in our daily lives and in the functioning of government and global markets. Yet today there are too few talented people with technical expertise in government and civil society. This talent gap hinders government from effectively serving its citizens, and has a negative impact on the quality of social debate and regulatory decision-making around technology policy.

War! What Is It Good For?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 12:15pm
In his provocative new book, War! What Is It Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots, historian Ian Morris turns Edwin Starr’s old song lyric on its head, arguing that war has actually been quite good for some things, namely the states that wage it. Indeed, he shows that, over time, wars have made governments and that governments have made peace, providing their citizens with relative safety, wealth, and larger, more organized societies.

New America NYC: The Bright Continent

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 6:30pm


School Choice

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 4:00pm
As any local parent knows, it is school lottery time again in DC. Anxious parent speculation is running high and envy is running rampant across the city. In DC – a city rife with inequalities and racial tensions – school choice systems (charter and traditional) promise more equitable access to high-quality schools. But do they deliver?

Media and Civil Society in Syria's Evolving Conflict

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:30pm
Please note that the first half of the event will not streamed due to video content. The webcast will begin around 1:15.

The conflict in Syria is being presented to the international community through a complex mix of state, opposition, international and local media sources. Individuals and NGOs in Syria have also effectively used social media to show the world the horrors of the conflict. As the crisis has evolved, so too have the ways in which activists have deployed the media available to them.

New America NYC: How Are Contemporary Notions of Success Impacting the American Family?

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 6:30pm

Beginning in early childhood, Americans are imbued with the idea that to be successful is to be busy—very, very busy. And it’s no secret that, on an individual level, our national culture of competitive overwork has many of us increasingly overwhelmed.

New America NYC: Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 6:30pm

Belarus is Europe's last standing dictatorship. Its repressive government considers the creation of uncensored art criminal activity. The members of the Belarus Free Theater refuse that. They have used their art to expose that which their government wishes to squelch, creating art and dialogue around taboo topics like sexual orientation, alcoholism, suicide, and politics.

The Boom

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 12:15pm
A decade ago, Russell Gold noticed something going on in Fort Worth, Texas—oil drillers were suddenly afire with talk of a strange new phenomenon. Employing a new method that seemed a lot more like mining than drilling, they were improbably extracting natural gas from rock that had confounded everyone for decades—almost imporous shale. Since then, Gold—a senior energy correspondent for The Wall Street Journal —has roamed the country investigating the boom created by the Fort Worth discovery.