Ideas Stream

ON BEING GOOD: A CONVERSATION WITH THE GOOD PLACE PHILOSOPHERS

Philosophers Pamela Hieronymi and Todd May, who served as philosophy advisors on the acclaimed television comedy, The Good Place (NBC), explore the nature of goodness and its role in society, an...

Shaping Our Voices Into Movements, Action and Allyship

AN ACTIVIST SONGBOOK DISCUSSION

Join the Activist Songbook team as fellow artists and activists discuss how we can raise our voices to become agents for social change and what People of the Global...

SLAVERY & THE AMERICAN STORY

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and creator of the landmark 1619 Project for The New York Times Magazine Nikole Hannah-Jones in conversation with the host of The Center For...

Who is Essential? Race, Culture, and Identity in American Democracy

John Dankosky invites Khalilah Brown-Dean, Political Science Professor at Quinnipiac University, and others to reflect on identity politics at this disorienting time when a new identity has emerged...

HOUSING AS A HUMAN RIGHT? TACKLING CHALLENGES OF AFFORDABILITY AND DISCRIMINATION

John Dankosky moderates this talk exploring the intersection of housing and democracy with Connecticut experts including Karen DuBois Walton (Executive Director of the Elm City Communities/Housing...

Stories, Sovereignty, and Imagining Forward

A conversation with Native American artists and leaders who offer their perspective on issues of sovereignty, ancestry, and post-pandemic survival, organized in partnership with theater director...

DEMOCRACY, REFUGEES, AND ASYLUM

Historian Quan Tran, sociologist Jasmina Besirevic-Regan, and Nour Al Zouabi, a Syrian refugee, share their personal stories and professional perspectives on borders, migration, and democracy.

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DEMOCRACY, PANDEMIC, AND HOW WE MOVE FORWARD

Former Connecticut Secretary of State Miles Rapoport moderates a conversation with political commentator and author Heather McGhee, political activist and CEO of Voto Latino María Teresa Kumar, and...

THE ROLE OF ARTISTS IN DEMOCRACY

The 2012 Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco is joined by four-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo, Lakota playwright Larissa FastHorse, and Founder of Theatre of the Oppressed NYC and New Haven...

WEALTH IN OUR DEMOCRACY: ANAND GIRIDHARADAS IN CONVERSATION

A conversation about income inequality in the U.S. with Anand Giridharadas, author of the recently published Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World (Alfred A. Knopf, 2018).

STEPHANIE BURT IN CONVERSATION

In this Ideas event—also part of the NEA Big Read—poet Stephanie Burt discusses her book Advice From The Lights (Graywolf Press, 2017), an essential work that asks who we are, how we become ourselves...

SONGWRITING AS RADICAL IMAGINATION: AN ACTIVIST SONGBOOK DISCUSSION

Joined by Activist Songbook Composer Byron Au Yong and Lyricist Aaron Jafferis, a panel of artists/activists will discuss music and its role in activism and democracy. Joined by a panel that includes...

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