Events & News


Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Imagining Worlds—and Seeing Them Come True

Join Future Tense for a discussion with two best-selling authors on the role of speculative fiction in the real world.

2020 seems determined to prove the old adage of...

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Will 2020 Change American Tech?

New America CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter and LinkedIn co-founder and New America Board Member Reid Hoffman will discuss to what extent this eventful year will reshape the American tech industry...

Thursday, June 25, 2020
Science Journalism's Finest Moment

Science journalism might be having its biggest moment yet. From providing crucial public health information to debunking sensationalized vaccine studies, the pandemic has proven the...

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Can Voting by Mail Ensure a Safe and Secure Election?

During a presidential election year, the COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to disrupt the most important tenet of democracy: political representation. In response, many states are...

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Free Speech Project: What’s a Gatekeeper to Do?

Twitter vs. Facebook vs. the President. Over the past few weeks, social media has been embroiled in an even greater political maelstrom than usual. Twitter responded to falsities and hate...

Thursday, June 18, 2020
How to Protect Yourself from Online Abuse and Surveillance

In the midst of a pandemic and nationwide protests, being able to safely organize and communicate online is more important than ever. Organizers, activists, and journalists are especially...

Thursday, June 11, 2020
A Global Strategy for Preventing the Next Pandemic

Protection of biodiversity and animal habitat need to be on the front lines of the fight against deadly diseases. Habitat destruction and the wildlife trade are just two of the unsustainable...

Thursday, June 11, 2020
Book Smart: The Future of Publishing

A pandemic-forced quarantine and a nationwide movement demanding racial and social justice have provided us two powerful reminders of the importance of books in our lives. Books entertain...

Thursday, June 04, 2020
Science’s Viral Misinformation

In a moment when scientists are racing to develop treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19, it’s crucial to look to the long history of once-popular treatments that have later proven...

Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Free Speech Project: Should We Think Twice Before Limiting Political Advocacy?

Just last year, Twitter imposed a total ban on political ads.  Other social media companies have allowed such ads, but imposed a range of restrictions that extend beyond candidates running for...

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Are Bats Really to Blame for the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Bats have been identified by some experts, and in the media, as the culprits behind the costliest pandemic in modern history, even though the source and method of transmission of the novel...

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
COVID-19 and the Mission of the U.S. Public University A Virtual Town Hall Discussion

Public universities are among the nation’s most vital and vibrant institutions, serving the educational needs of hundreds of thousands of students, advancing the full spectrum of human knowledge,...