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AWAKENING OUR DEMOCRACY

AWAKENING OUR DEMOCRACY is Columbia's conversation series on disparities and justice issues at the forefront of the University's and the nation's consciousness. 

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April 12, 2017 - The Politics of Mental Health Care

Join us for a conversation about mental health needs and access and care. With Nikki Webber Allen, founder of “i Live For…” Inc.; Dr. Kim Hopper, professor at Mailman School of Public Health; Dr. Billy E. Jones, former senior advisor on mental health and healthcare reform at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Commissioner of the New York City Department of Mental Health; and Dr. Kathleen Pike, CUMC faculty member, clinical psychologist and Executive Director of the Global Mental Health Program; Suzanne Goldberg, Executive Vice President for University Life moderates. Part of Wellness Days @Columbia.

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March 23, 2017 - Borders, Bans and Walls

A timely panel discussion about immigration, national security and our communities, with PBS NewsHour Special Correspondent Duarte Geraldino, ImmigrationWorks USA President and CEO Tamar Jacoby, Center for Popular Democracy Senior Attorney Kumar Rao, and New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs Assistant Commissioner of External Affairs Bitta Mostofi. 

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Jan. 31, 2017 - Global Populism and Political Power

A lively panel discussion of trends in populism in the U.S. and around the world, with author and journalist John B. Judis ("The Populist Explosion"), Barnard Professor of Political Science Sheri Berman, New York State Democratic Party Executive Director Basil Smikle, and Columbia Journalism School Professor and Chair Todd Gitlin (moderator).

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Nov. 16, 2016 - Feminism, Media and the State of the Union

Columbia’s popular lunchtime conversation series returns with a lively post-election discussion that asks: What does feminism mean in this moment? Join ABC News’ Juju Chang (Moderator), Columbia Journalism Professor Helen Benedict, Barnard Professor of History Premilla Nadasen, MTV News’ Jamil Smith (formerly of The New Republic and MSNBC) and author-activist Marianne Schnall (“What Will it Take to Make a Woman President?”) for this timely panel.

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Oct. 5, 2016 - One Nation Under Politics

Columbia’s popular lunchtime conversation series resumes with a lively panel discussing the upcoming Presidential election and impact of a dominant two-party system on our country and communities. Join Jelani Cobb (moderator), The New Yorker, Columbia Journalism School; Dave Levinthal, The Center for Public Integrity; Linda Sarsour, MPower Change, Arab American Association of New York; and Robert Y. Shapiro, Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government, Columbia University for this edition of AWAKENING OUR DEMOCRACY.

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Mar. 2016 - The Politics of Gender

Join us for a lively conversation addressing the intersection of gender, feminism, and masculinity, featuring Vladimir Duthiers, Correspondent, CBS News (Journalism ’11), Cherno Biko, Co-Chair, New York City Council Young Women’s Advisory Council; Dana Edell, Executive Director, Sexualization Protest Action Resistance Knowledge (SPARK) Movement (School of the Arts ’03); Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU; and Kendall Thomas, Nash Professor of Law, Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Culture, Columbia Law School.

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Feb. 2016 - Food Access, Security and Justice

A lively discussion addressing food insecurity and access, and their impact on public health, featuring Simran Sethi, author, Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love; Cristina Fernandez, Post-Doctoral Clinical Research Fellow, General Pediatrics; Anthony Giancatarino, Director, Policy and Strategy, Center for Social Inclusion; Rafael Aponte, Farmer; Founder, Rocky Acres Community Farm; and Diana Robinson, Campaign and Education Coordinator, Food Chain Workers Alliance.

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Jan. 2016 - The Politics of Religious Freedom

A conversation on the intersection of faith, freedom and politics, featuring Patricia Sabga, Al Jazeera America Global Affairs correspondent; Imam Khalid Latif, Executive Director, Islamic Center at NYU; Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, D.D., Congregation Beit Simchat Torah; and Josef Sorett, Professor of Religion, Columbia University; Director, Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice.

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Nov. 2015 - Ferguson, Charleston and Beyond

A conversation on the intersection of race, violence, policing and community safety, featuring Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law, Columbia University and UCLA; Michael Skolnik of GlobalGrind.com; Mychal Denzel Smith, writer, The Nation; and Maya Wiley (Law '89), Counsel to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Oct. 2015 - The "American" Dream, Immigration and Belonging

This panel featured TED Fellow and social justice comedian Negin Farsad, Columbia Professor of Sociology Van C. Tran, Co-director of the Dream Coalition Cesar Vargas, and moderator Duarte Geraldino of Al Jazeera America.

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Co-sponsors for the Awakening Our Democracy series include:

  • Center for American Studies
  • Center for Children and Families
  • Center for Institutional and Social Change
  • Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies
  • Center for Justice
  • Center for Race, Philosophy and Social Justice
  • Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
  • Center for the Study of Law and Culture
  • Center on African American Politics and Society
  • Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice
  • Columbia Population Research Center
  • CUMC Deans for Diversity
  • Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
  • Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life
  • Institute for Research in African-American Studies
  • Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Institute for the Study of Human Rights
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs 
  • Office of the University Chaplain
  • Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion
  • Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics
  • SIPA Diversity Task Force
  • Social Intervention Group
  • Tamer Center for Social Enterprise
  • Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Council