Today at the Center
April 23, 2014, 9:00am ET - 10:30am ETBy 2043, the majority of the United States is projected to be comprised of people of color, with the rapid growth of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, or AAPIs, counting as an important contributor to that story. Yet, there is a significant gap in what we know about these communities. For example, few are aware that Asian Americans have the highest proportion of immigrants of any racial group in the United States and that more immigrants now come from Asia than from any other region in the world. These facts have important implications. Part of the gap in what we know about AAPI communities is due to the lack of centralized and accessible data across outcomes—until now. Please join the Center for American Progress as we launch a new report series, "The State of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders," which examines myriad social and economic indicators and makes recommendations for improving data collection for AAPIs. This series is co-authored with AAPI Data, a project of the University of California, Riverside, and seeks to make data on these communities more accessible and easier to understand.
April 23, 2014, 3:00pm ET - 4:30pm ETIn his new film "Noah," Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky examines the important link between faith and environmentalism. This link, while not new, is becoming more visible as the threat of climate change becomes more and more apparent. In fact, faith communities are becoming an ever-louder voice for environmental stewardship and responsible treatment of natural resources.
April 28, 2014, 12:00pm ET - 1:00pm ETOn April 28, New York Times reporter Anand Giridharadas joins the Center for American Progress for a conversation about his new book, The True American. In his book, Giridharadas tells the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force officer who dreamed of immigrating to America and working in technology. Days after 9/11, an avowed "American terrorist" named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walks into the Dallas minimart where Bhuiyan has found temporary work and shoots him, maiming and nearly killing him. The True American traces the making of these two men, Stroman and Bhuiyan, and of their fateful encounter. It follows them as they rebuild shattered lives—one striving on Death Row to become a better man, the other to heal and pull himself up from the lowest rung on the ladder of an unfamiliar country. Bhuiyan publicly forgave Stroman, in the name of his Muslim religion and its notion of mercy, and waged a legal and public-relations campaign to have his attacker spared from the death penalty.
April 28, 2014, 6:30pm ET - 8:00pm ET
Jane Bussmann, British comedy writer of South Park, has cooked up trouble with shows and advocacy around the world since the day she first came face-to-face with the Lord's Resistance Army and a certain peacemaker John Prendergast. She has had audiences in stitches all over the world from Uganda to Sydney, Australia.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a special live performance of the first-ever comedy sketch to be performed inside the U.K. Parliament. The performance will be followed by a conversation on the issues with Bussmann and Prendergast.