NEW YORK, March 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — This Saturday, April 1st, join Salman Rushdie (Bestselling author and former PEN President); Anne-Marie Slaughter (President and CEO, New America); John W. Dean (White House Counsel for President Richard Nixon); Lee C. Bollinger (President, Columbia University); Leon Botstein (President, Bard College); Jelani Cobb (New Yorker staff writer and author), Oz Sultan (Advisor to Trump:Pence Campaign), Brandon Washington (President, Brooklyn Young Republican Club), and dozens more authors, activists, journalists, and former White House staffers from both sides of the aisle for a series of spirited conversations about the state of our democracy.

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Beyond Partisan Politics: A Civilized Forum for Debate will be held April 1st at the New York Public Library

Shades of Red and Blue: Uniting Our Divided Nation at The New York Public Library brings together intelligent minds from diverse points of view to model the art of “principled disagreement” and talk freely and honestly about: loss of trust in the institutions that guard our Constitution, the hardening of American borders, America’s responsibility to provide global security, whether diversity is a glue or dividing line for nations, and free speech, liberty and the public interest. The event has been convened by three non-partisan non-profits—The Ethics Centre, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program.

You can read more about the event and buy tickets here

Shades of Red and Blue will consist of a series of six separate discussions:

  • The State of the Union: Watergate or Witch-Hunt? WITH: JOHN W. DEAN, HENDRIK HERTZBERG, AND JOHN PODHORETZ
    Join former White House Counsel John W. Dean, New Yorker staff writer and former speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, Hendrik Hertzberg, and John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary Magazine and speechwriter to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, as they ask if America is witnessing a witch-hunt or another Watergate?
  • The Problem of Strangers. WITH: JAMIL DAKWAR, SANA MUSTAFA, YAEL EISENSTAT, OZ SULTAN AND CHADWICK MOORE
    Walls. Bans. Raids. The hardening of America’s borders is an essential part of President Trump’s program to make America great again. But will tightening immigration make for a safer and more prosperous nation? Should we care for others, not just our own? With Yael Eisenstat – diplomat and national security advisor to Vice President Biden and Oz Sultan – big data and counterterrorism strategist.
  • Global Security. WITH: THOMAS M. NICHOLS, ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER, ELMIRA BAYRASLI, WALTER RUSSELL MEAD, AND JAMES KETTERER
    For more than half a century, the United States has shouldered a disproportionate share of global security burdens and championed free trade and liberal democracy in the expectation of boosting prosperity at home and abroad. As China rises and Russia reasserts its place in the world, can America control its destiny?
  • Race, Religion, and Immigration. WITH: LEE BOLLINGER, JELANI COBB, PAOLA MENDOZA, DERRYCK GREEN, AND JHOSHAN JOTHILINGAM
    Diversity is a strength in some societies. In others, it is a source of unresolved tension that can erupt into fear, hatred, and violence.
    Fake News, Free Speech, and the Media. WITH: SALMAN RUSHDIE, LEON BOTSTEIN, LACHLAN MARKAY, M.Z. HEMINGWAY, AND MATTHEW CONTINETTI

All democracies have one thing in common – legitimacy. How should governments reconcile freedom of speech with the pursuit of absolute truth and legitimacy?

Hypothetical – Better Politics for a Better Future: MICHAEL SKOLNIK, ERIN SCHRODE, ADI SATHI, BRANDON WASHINGTON, DAVID MARCUS, AND SIMON LONGSTAFF

All democracies have one thing in common – a need for legitimacy, which is ultimately derived from the free and informed consent of the people. Some argue journalism only matters when practiced in the public interest by those who care for and seek the truth. Others see the media merely as a tool for exercising influence and believe criticism amounts to treason.

About The Ethics Centre:
The Ethics Centre is an independent Australian organization that exists to bring ethics to the centre of everyday personal and professional life. Based in Sydney, the Centre has provided a venue for individuals to think through and discuss ethical questions for over 25 years.

About Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs:
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is a forum for the world’s leading thinkers, experts, and decision makers. The mission of the Council is to enlarge the audience for the simple but powerful message that ethics matter, regardless of place, origin, or belief.

About Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program:
The Bard Globalization and International Affairs program (BGIA) brings students from across the world to study in New York City and to intern in organizations that match their experience and aspirations. Its faculty are leading scholar-practitioners and program events regularly convene some of the most important and compelling thinkers in international affairs.  BGIA is part of Bard College, an institution that acts at the intersection of education and civil society.

For more information regarding the event, visit www.shadesofredandblue.com.  

Additional Information:
Ticket Sales: Website 
Price: Students: $10 per session, Seniors: $17.50 per session, Adults: $20 per session
Packages: Full-day and half-day discount packages available
Categories: Politics, Global Affairs, Current Events

Contact Information:
Caro Llewellyn
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212-203-9443

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SOURCE The Ethics Centre