Check out our Politics and Policy Series, a thought-provoking and stimulating series of events featuring the hands-on experience and intellects of both American and Global politics experts in order to dissect the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections, while also providing an international perspective. Watch our previous events featuring Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, top political strategists, and campaign organizers.

Politics & Policy Event Series

The Politics and Policy Series is a thought-provoking, stimulating series of courses and events. The series combines in-class lectures and assignments with the hands-on experience and intellects of both American and Global politics experts in order to dissect the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections, while also providing an international perspective.   

Voting Rights in 2016 Elections | National Politics,  Elections

Discussion of 2016 Primary | National Politics, Elections

Mr. Smith Goes to Prison | JusticeNational Politics

Latino Vote and 2016 Election | National Politics,  Elections

Event | National Politics, Inequality & Poverty

Hillary Clinton Lays Out Economic Vision at The New School (2015)

“This auditorium has a rich tradition of bringing people together to exchange views and ideas, which is critical to addressing important social and economic issues,” New School President David Van Zandt told a capacity crowd at The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street. “Though The New School doesn’t endorse any candidate, we do welcome opportunities to hear proposals and insights from distinguished political leaders.”

On this particular occasion, the “distinguished political leader” was none other than Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton. Taking the stage to a boisterous standing ovation inside The New School’s historic auditorium Monday, the former senator and secretary of state detailed her fiscal agenda in the first major policy speech of her presidential campaign.


Event | National Politics, Elections

Can You Replicate the Obama strategy? 
Technology, Social Science, and the Campaign revolution (2013)

Political campaigns have revolutionized the way they target, contact and motivate supporters. Strategists are taking the insights of experimental social science and marrying them to the corporate world's Big Data marketing tools. The Obama Campaign won in large part by using statistical modeling techniques to identify persuadable voters and to fine-tune persuasive messages. This is politics today and in the future—not only for elections but on issue campaigns for education reform, health care, the environment, labor rights and beyond. Who are the pioneers? And how might you apply their the strategies?

Maggie Haberman, senior political writer, POLITICO.
Sasha Issenberg, reporter, Slate, and author of The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns.
Jonathan Rosen, principal and co-founder, BerlinRosen.
Jeff Smith, assistant professor of politics and advocacy, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.
Blake Zeff, political strategist, writer and commentator.

Event | National Politics, Elections

Inside Story of Election 2012

The 2012 election lacked the high drama of 2008, when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama made history, Sarah Palin went meteoric, and the economy was in freefall. In contrast, the 2012 campaigns may be remembered as a succession of mini-gaffes and hourly skirmishes fueled by over-caffeinated operatives and reporters on Twitter. Was it all just "sound and fury... signifying nothing?" Or did the trivia obscure real changes in politics—and the way politics are covered? For instance, how have regional demographic shifts changed the electoral map for the President and Congress? How has technology transformed campaign coverage for better and worse? And how has all of this affected Washington's ability to grapple with issues that matter?

Peter Hamby, political reporter, CNN
Ben Smith, editor-in-chief, BuzzFeed
Molly Ball, staff writer, The Atlantic
Sayu Bhojwani, founding executive director, The New American Leaders Project
David Catanese, reporter, Politico

Event | National Politics, Elections

What will unlock the Latino vote in 2012?

Latino voters are expected to play a pivotal role in the presidential election, just as they did in 2008. This town hall event will explore the tensions in the complex relationship that has evolved between the Latino electorate and the presidential candidates. Will economic concerns such as unemployment and housing foreclosures guide at the voting booth? Will the candidates' immigration policies dominate? Or will large numbers of Latinos simply sit out this election? Understanding the political cross-currents buffeting Latinos today will provide valuable insight on the probable outcome of the election, as well as political and policy implications for the nation over the next four years.

María Hinojosa, moderator/host, journalist, Futuro Media Group
Jordan Fabian, journalist, political editor for Univision's English-language website
Chung Wha Hong, executive director, New York Immigration Coalition
Mark Hugo Lopez, associate director, Pew Hispanic Center
Fernand Amandi, managing partner, Bendixen and Amandi Intl.

Event Transcript | National Politics, Inequality & Poverty


This is the edited transcript from the second annual Bill Green Forum, "The Obama Agenda: Overcoming Poverty in New York and the Nation." Speakers included Ron Haskins from the Brookings Instiution, David Hansell from New York's Office of Temporary and Disability Insurance, Margarita Rosa of the Grand Street Settlement, Veronica White of the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity, and Debbie Weinstein of the Coalition on Human Needs. The conversation focused on the Obama administration's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009—particularly the new budget plan, which includes numerous investments in potential funds for child and family services, as well as economic support for low-wage workers.