Do referendums threaten democracy? Or are they true representations of the people's will? Are decisions made through referenda, as Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff put it, merely "Russian roulette for republics?" Join us as we deliberate these timely questions.
In August of 2016, Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem because he refused to "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour." Last week, President Trump brought attention to NFL players who chose to kneel during the national anthem, arguing that they should be fired for their "disrespect." Does political protest have a place in sport? Or does it poison it? Where does the realm of politics end when it comes to sports? Where does it begin? Join us as we consider these questions.
Our guest debater is Dave Hollander, an author and columnist who has focused on both sports and social issues. The Huffington Post's first sports columnist, he has interviewed noteworthy athletes such as LeBron James and Floyd Mayweather. Hollander has contributed to publications such as Sports Illustrated, AOL Sports, Slate, and New York Press. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU's School of Professional Studies, where he teaches sports management and public relations.
Ever since the conclusion of the last presidential election, questions have been raised about how voter I.D. laws affected turnout at the polls. This debate continues to be a subject of contention as midterm elections approach. Thirty-two states now have voter I.D. laws in place with seven of them specifically requiring photo identification in order to cast a ballot and vary along which forms of identification are acceptable.
Are voter identification laws a necessary precaution of the future? How big of a concern is voter fraud? Are voter I.D. laws a tactic of voter discrimination? Is there a clear answer in the Constitution or does it require interpretation? We will be joined by guest speaker Richard Pildes.Explore these questions and many more by joining The Review and Debates for an evening of thoughtful discourse. Dinner will be served!
Richard Pildes is a Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law and is one of the nation’s leading scholars of constitutional law and a specialist in legal issues affecting democracy. He has written extensively on the rise of political polarization in the United States, the Voting Rights Act, the dysfunction of America’s political processes, the role of the Supreme Court in overseeing American democracy, as well as the powers of the American President and Congress. A well-known public intellectual, Pildes also has successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court and was nominated for an Emmy as a member of NBC’s breaking-news team for coverage of the 2000 Bush v. Gore contest
Ever since Edward Snowden leaked a trove of documents on the National Security Administration (NSA) in 2013, numerous questions have been raised over the role of surveillance, state power, and digital privacy rights in the 'Information Age.' This panel discussion seeks to approach this topic from legal, journalistic, historical, and philosophical perspectives, and evaluate the role of the 'whistleblower' in contemporary American politics.
How does surveillance impact American civil society, particularly marginalized communities and activist organizations? Why are intelligence leaks important for journalistic work? What can the history of the U.S. intelligence community tell us about the present situation? Are we perhaps living in a 'national-security state?'
Faiza Patel, Co-Director of the Liberty & National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University
Murtaza Hussain, Correspondent at The Intercept
Timothy Naftali, Professor of History and Public Policy at New York University, CNN Presidential Historian
William Klein, Professor of Liberal Studies at New York University
Join us to unpack these questions and many others alongside our array of expert panelists as well as eat some delicious food!
The Review and Debates at NYU debated the question: Should the United States End Military Aid to Israel? Our guest speaker was James Kirchick, a correspondent at The Daily Beast who has reported from the Middle East, Central Asia, Northern and Southern Africa, and Europe as a foreign correspondent. He is a fellow at the Foreign Policy Initiative in Washington, D.C., and writes widely on current events. Mr. Kirchick's latest book, "The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age" was published by Yale University Press in March 2017. He was supported by Zach Eckstein (Senior, CAS). The Opposition was led by Em King (Senior, CAS) and supported by Krishna Kulkarni (Senior, CAS).
Resolution: Resolved that the United States should halt all military aid to Israel.
Before: For the Resolution: 56.1%
Before: Against the Resolution: 43.9%
After: For the Resolution: 53.6%
After: Against the Resolution: 46.4%
President Emeritus John Sexton will join The Review and Debates to argue why engaging in and allowing for the free and open debate is crucial to today's society. He will discuss the value of expressing diverging viewpoints, the role of debate in political discourse, and restrictions on speech in order to achieve a more complete perspective on our complicated cultural climate. His speech will be followed by a moderated Q&A session as well as questions from the audience. Hors d'oeuvres will be served 6pm onwards!
John Sexton served as the 15th President of New York University from 2002 to 2015, and as the Dean of NYU Law School from 1988 to 2002. His latest book, "Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game," published in March 2013, was a New York Times best seller and is based on an undergraduate seminar he teaches at NYU each spring. He was inducted into the National Speech and Debate Association's Hall of Fame in 2003.
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Where: Kimmel 912
The election is over, the pieces have fallen into place, and Donald Trump is the President-Elect. His campaign was marked by boastful promises, often controversial rhetoric, and a loud commitment to "Make America Great Again". What will these translate into across the next four years? What are the biggest challenges that the incoming Administration will face and tackle? What can Americans and the international community expect? With a wayward economic recovery, tough foreign policy and immigration challenges, visible social divisions, and the growing threat of climate change, what will America look like in 2020?
Mary Kissel (Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal) and Patrick Egan (Associate Professor of Politics, NYU) will be joining The Review and Debates at NYU to discuss "What's Next for America Under Trump?". A Q&A session will follow our discussion, and as always dinner will be served!
Mary Kissel is a Wall Street Journal editorial board member, host of “Opinion Journal” on WSJ Video, and co-host of the editorial page’s “Foreign Edition” podcast. An editorial writer and former foreign correspondent, she has reported from Europe, Asia-Pacific, Australasia and America. Ms. Kissel joined the Journal in Hong Kong in 2004 as a financial columnist and served as Asia opinion editor from 2005 to 2010, directing commentary on more than 20 countries. She joined the editorial board in New York in 2011. A foreign policy expert, her work promotes free markets and free peoples. Ms. Kissel has written for the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Spectator Australia and World Affairs. Her television appearances include ABC, Australian Broadcasting, BBC, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business, Fox News and MSNBC. Ms. Kissel started her career at Goldman Sachs in New York and London. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College.
Patrick J. Egan specializes in public opinion, political institutions and their relationship in American politics. He is author of Partisan Priorities: How Issue Ownership Drives and Distorts American Politics (Cambridge, 2013) and co-editor of Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy (Oxford, 2008). In 2012, he received the NYU Golden Dozen Award in recognition for his outstanding contribution to learning in the classroom. Before entering academia, he served as an Assistant Deputy Mayor of Policy and Planning in the office of Philadelphia Mayor Edward Rendell. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.
Where: Kimmel 912
The Affordable Care Act will go down in history either as President Obama's greatest legacy or his worst folly. As one of the most controversial pieces of legislation ever enacted, its tumultous journey might define the Obama presidency. But has it succeeded in its mission to provide cheap healthcare to all Americans?
One of the major architects of the Act, Dr. Sherry Glied (Dean, NYU Wagner), and a former Obama Administration official, joined The Review and Debates to argue "Resolved that Obamacare has not failed". She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. She was supported by Deepak Warrier (Global Liberal Studies). The Opposition was led by Sofiya Andreyeva (College of Arts and Science) and supported by Ella Kuzmenko (College of Arts and Science).
The resolution was carried.
Where: Kimmel Center, Room 803.
James Traub, Senior Fellow at NYU's Center on International Cooperation and noted New York Times Magazine columnist, joined The Review and Debates to argue that the United States can and must conclude the War on Terror. He is a journalist and scholar specializing in international affairs, a contributing editor for Foreign Policy, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He teaches classes on foreign policy and terrorism at NYU Abu Dhabi, as well as a class on the political essay at NYU New York. His recent books include 'The Freedom Agenda', on American leadership in democracy promotion, and the widely-acclaimed biography, 'John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit'. He was supported by Thomas Resnick (Gallatin). The Opposition was led by Hamza bin Mazhar (Stern), and supported by Akash Lodh (College of Arts and Science).
The motion was carried.
September 20, 6:15-7:45 PM
Join us for a debate with Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Professor of Political Science at NYU, who will be arguing that the United Nations has failed in its international mission. Professor Bueno de Mesquita is an expert in selective theory and has written widely on its implications for predicting future developments.