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DC: National Conversation on Rights and Justice – Building a More Perfect Union
  • Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - Thursday, June 22, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: National Archives Museum, Washington, DC

As part of its Amending America initiative, the National Archives and Records Administration presents the National Conversation on Rights and Justice: Building a More Perfect Union at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, on June 21 – 22, 2017.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

7pm Keynote Remarks on “Civil Rights and the Role of an Impartial Judiciary”

  • – Tanya Chutkan, U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia

8pm Keynote Conversation on “Reflections on Civil and Human Rights Movements: From 1960 to Today”

  • – Moderator: A’Lelia Bundles, Journalist and Author
  • – Rep. Jim Clyburn, U.S. Representative for South Carolina’s 6th congressional district
  • – Courtland Cox, Board President, SNCC Legacy Project
  • Derreck Kayongo, CEO of the National Civil and Human Rights Center
  • Joyce Ladner, American civil rights activist, author, civil servant, and sociologist

Thursday, June 22, 2017

10:30am “Individual Freedom and National Security in an Age of Terrorism”

  • – Moderator: Ray Suarez, Journalist and Author
  • Jennifer Daskal, Associate Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law
  • Paul Rosenzweig, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Department of Homeland Security
  • – Amie Stepanovich, U.S. Policy Manager at Access Now

1:30pm “Enlightened and Engaged: Education for Democracy?”

  • – Moderator: Lauren Camera, Education Journalist, U.S. News and World Report
  • – Peter Bonilla, Vice President of Programs, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
  • – Peggy S. Jackson, NBCT, NCSS President
  • – Daniel J. McGrath, Chief of the Assessment Division Reporting and Dissemination Branch of the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education
  • – Scott Warren, Chief Executive Officer of Generation Citizen

3pm “The Responsibility of Citizens in the Modern Era”

  • – Moderator: Michel Martin, Journalist, NPR
  • David Azerrad, Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation
  • Susan N. Herman, President of the American Civil Liberties Union
  • K. Sabeel Rahman, Assistant Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School
  • Vincent Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights

7pm Closing Keynote Conversation on “The United States of America: A Democratic Nation in an Open Global Society”

  • – Moderator: Soledad O’Brien, Journalist and Author
  • – William Cohen, Former Secretary of Defense
  • – Ambassador Stuart W. Holliday, President and CEO of the Meridian International Center
  • – Ambassador John Negroponte, Former Director of National Intelligence

Registration to attend in person or watch the livestream is now closed for this event.

The “National Conversation on Rights and Justice” in Washington, DC is presented in part by AT&T, Ford Foundation, Seedlings Foundation,Carnegie Corporation, and the National Archives Foundation.