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Thomas Piketty presents Capital in the 21st Century

Please join the Economic Policy Institute and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth for a presentation by Thomas Piketty of the findings in his new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Piketty examines data from more than twenty countries spanning in some cases as far back as the 18th century to assess the dynamics of income and wealth distribution, with a particular focus on the role of capital ownership as a driver of long-run trends in income inequality. He argues that when the rate of return on capital exceeds the rate of economic growth, as it has for most of history, then rising income inequality becomes inevitable. He says that if this rising inequality is allowed to continue unchecked, the results could be deep political and social disruption.

While Piketty notes that inequality has different dimensions across countries, he concludes with a recommendation: significantly increase the progressivity of both income and wealth taxation. Given the extraordinarily globalized market for capital, he further argues that the reach of such taxes must be global as well.

Piketty's presentation will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Heather Boushey, Executive Director and Chief Economist of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, with Josh Bivens, Research and Policy Director of the Economic Policy Institute and Betsey Stevenson, Member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, serving as discussants.

Copies of Capital in the Twenty-First Century will be available for purchase at the event.

April 15, 2014, 9:30am ET - 11:00am ET

Equitable Access: Assuring That All Children Have a Great Teacher

If you are a student of color or an impoverished student in a U.S. public school, you are more likely to be taught by an underqualified, brand-new, or lower paid teacher, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education. This problem is not new.

April 11, 2014, 10:00am ET - 11:30am ET

The Changing Face of America: Higher Education Policy and the Role of Minority Serving Institutions

It is estimated that by 2050, the United States will have no clear racial or ethnic majority. As our nation becomes increasingly diverse, it is critically important to promote college success among students of color. Minority-serving institutions (MSIs) enroll a disproportionately high concentration of low-income minority students, reinforcing these institutions’ relevancy to our nation’s higher education policy priorities of increasing college degree attainment among all students. Unfortunately, MSIs often face an array of problems including underfunding, low retention rates, and overall performance levels.

A distinguished panel will discuss the findings of a new report, Measuring the Impact of MSI-Funded Programs on Student Success, focused on one of the newer MSI programs: Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs). The panel will present the ways in which MSI funding is being leveraged by these institutions to serve the fastest-growing racial group in the nation – Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders – to pursue innovative practices that elevate student success in various areas such as course performance, transition to college-level courses, persistence, degree attainment, and transfer from two- to four-year institutions.

April 10, 2014, 12:00pm ET - 1:15pm ET

Rep. Sander Levin on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and U.S. Economic Competitiveness

Please join the Center for American Progress Action Fund for remarks by Representative Sander Levin (D-MI), Ranking Member on the Committee on Ways of Means. Rep. Levin will describe his views on the on the outstanding issues involved in the negotiations over a Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and how intensive Congressional involvement at this stage can strengthen the hand of U.S. negotiators to address the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by the largest multi-party negotiation in 20 years.

April 9, 2014, 12:00pm ET - 1:00pm ET

The Economic Case for Restoring Coastal Ecosystems

Healthy coastal ecosystems provide critical social and environmental benefits. They filter pollution, buffer coasts against extreme weather, serve as nurseries that sustain fisheries, and support tourism, recreation and the culture of coastal communities. However, we are losing wetlands in the US at a rate of seven football fields an hour, due to development, pollution and sea level rise.

Join the Center for American Progress and Oxfam America for the release of a new report that explores the long-term economic impact of restored coastal ecosystems. The report highlights analysis of three projects funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: South San Francisco Bay, Seaside Bays, Virginia, and Mobile Bay, Alabama. The event will bring together several leading voices to discuss why restoring our coasts makes economic sense.

April 9, 2014, 9:30am ET - 11:00am ET

Combating Sex Trafficking of Minors in the U.S.

After many years of advocacy by anti-human trafficking organizations and service providers, the issue of sex trafficking of children in the U.S. is receiving unprecedented levels of attention from leaders and policymakers across the country. But despite this attention on the issue and a remarkable group of bipartisan leaders looking to address it, there remain significant challenges to successfully combatting sex trafficking of children in the U.S.

April 8, 2014, 9:30am ET - 10:30am ET

More Than a Number: Combatting Pay Discrimination in the Workplace

Year after year, women consistently identify the lack of equal pay as a top concern that erodes their economic security and perpetuates unfairness in the workplace. The stubborn persistence of pay discrimination—and the need to find effective ways to combat it—demands a comprehensive strategy where everyone can play a role in ensuring that all workers are paid fairly for their work. Moreover, because more than 6 out of 10 women are now the sole, primary, or co-breadwinners for their families, eliminating pay discrimination is critical to families’ overall economic stability. The Center for American Progress is hosting an event to focus on the range of efforts we can all take—including support for vigorous enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, voluntary efforts by employers, and actions employees can take themselves—to make the promise of equal pay a reality. The discussion will focus on strategies to eliminate discriminatory pay practices and promote greater transparency, help workers make more informed decisions about their pay, assist employers who want to improve their pay practices, and ensure that federal enforcement agencies have the investigatory tools they need to root out discrimination.

April 7, 2014, 3:00pm ET - 4:30pm ET

Emerging and Readily Available Technologies and National Security

Developments in science and technology for military and national security use have often raised a variety of ethical, legal, and societal issues (ELSI). These ELSI-related challenges are accentuated in a context of emerging and readily available technologies, that is, new technologies that are accessible at relatively low cost compared to more traditional militarily relevant technologies, such as nuclear weapons, and thus are within the reach of less technologically advanced nations, non-state actors, and even individuals. This is true because emerging and readily available technologies do not require construction of large engineered systems for their exploitation, and in some cases have the potential for doing harm to U.S. interests on a large scale.

April 3, 2014, 11:30am ET - 1:00pm ET

Years of Living Dangerously

It’s the biggest story of our time. Hollywood’s brightest stars and today’s most respected journalists explore the issues of climate change and bring you intimate stories of triumph and tragedy. Years of Living Dangerously takes you directly to the heart of the story in this awe-inspiring and cinematic documentary series event from Executive Producers James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

April 2, 2014, 7:00pm ET - 9:00pm ET

ONLINE ONLY: Israel, US, and the Middle East: New Visions

Israel, US, and the Middle East: New Visions MK Yizhak Herzog at Israel-US and the Middle East: New Visions Israel-Palestinian panel at “Israel-US and the Middle East: New Visions” conference All times listed below are in local (Jerusalem) time, which is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight time.

April 1, 2014, 8:00am ET - 1:00pm ET

“A Boom with No Boundaries” and “Backyard”

Please join the Center for American Progress' Reel Progress film series and the DC Environmental Film Festival for the DC premiere of the films A Boom with No Boundaries and Backyard.

March 27, 2014, 6:30pm ET - 8:00pm ET

Teachers Unions and Management Partnerships

In a new report from the Center for American Progress, researchers find that the collaboration of district leadership and teachers unions can be an important factor in improving student achievement. In some school districts, teachers unions and school administrators are working together closely to find ways to improve student performance, despite the sometimes challenging relationship between these two groups around education reform. These union-management partnerships can be an important part of rolling out important school improvements, and in many districts, have proven to be an effective way to enhance student learning and achievement.

March 25, 2014, 1:00pm ET - 2:30pm ET

Richard Trumka on the Trade Debate

Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, will speak on the current trade debate. He will lay out the principles that should underlie trade policies that would reduce inequality and support rising wages in the U.S. and worldwide, and will discuss why recent proposals for fast tracking the TransPacific Partnership (TTP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will likely contribute to worsening inequality and job loss.

March 25, 2014, 9:30am ET - 10:30am ET

From “Papers Please” to DREAM and TRUST:

In recent years, a wave of punitive state and local immigration laws went down to defeat in federal courts on the theory that, immigration policy being a national matter, they were preempted by federal law. Since 2012, there has been a proliferation of pro-immigrant state and local policies, such as measures limiting cooperation with federal immigration enforcement officials, and allowing immigrants, regardless of legal status, access to driver’s licenses, in-state college tuition, and professional licensing. Why did states and localities pass anti-immigrant laws in the first place, and what explains this shift to the positive? What are the legal theories and policy arguments being offered to support these efforts?

March 24, 2014, 12:30pm ET - 2:00pm ET

The Impact of Middle East Transitions on Christian Communities

The Middle East uprisings and political transitions that began in 2011 have raised questions about political pluralism and support for religious freedom. Over the past several years in the region, some of the oldest Christian communities in the world have faced new challenges resulting from changes in the security, political, legal, and social environment. In places like Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and the Palestinian territories, the conditions have motivated Christians to emigrate.

March 24, 2014, 12:00pm ET - 1:30pm ET