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Defense Reform Consensus

Please join a bipartisan group of D.C.'s leading national security scholars and members of Congress as they discuss necessary and overdue structural defense reforms, including military compensation, infrastructure reduction, and the size and makeup of the Pentagon's civilian workforce. This diverse and bipartisan group agrees on these common-sense fixes to long-term challenges at the U.S. Defense Department; problems that, if unresolved, will threaten U.S. national security.

May 14, 2015, 8:30am ET - 10:00am ET

4 Generations of American Women: Great Progress, Persistent Challenges

Multiple generations of women play an active role in our society today. All age groups agree on the need for more female leadership—and yet for women of different cohorts, the word “leadership” can mean very different things. The differences in language, context, cultural references, and sense of history can impede collaboration across generations on gender-equity issues.

How do we speak differently about our goals and aspirations? What is the role that our different places in history plays in how we understand ourselves as women in the workplace and in society? To what extent does being women bring us together or push us apart? How can we better communicate and collaborate? What can the rising generation of aspiring female leaders learn from those further along in their career trajectories – and visa versa?

Please join the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association at noon on May 12 for a panel discussion that will explore these questions from a multi-generational perspective.

May 12, 2015, 12:00pm ET - 1:15pm ET

Fixing the Force

The military compensation system urgently needs reforms. Military personnel costs are more than one-third of the Pentagon’s total spending. Military retirement costs more than $100 billion each year, but more than four out of five enlisted service members will receive no retirement benefits at all. The military health care system needs modernization, while the current military compensation and career structure is too inflexible to meet the needs of the future force.

May 7, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:30am ET

From Risk to Resilience: Fortifying U.S. Communities in the Face of Climate Change

Resilience is a concept that has appeared with growing urgency in the lexicon of governments, industry, and the public as climate change has brought sea-level rise, extreme weather events, drought, and flooding to increasingly populated communities. Nationally, these hazards have wrought damage to the tune of $227 billion over the past four years. As these cities and towns seek to maintain their social, economic, and ecological integrity, the science of resilience continues to evolve with the progression of data and innovation.

So how can municipalities manage the unavoidable and avoid the unmanageable? Join the Center for American Progress and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for a discussion about how new data sources, innovation, and risk management combine to make communities stronger and healthier in the long term.

April 30, 2015, 12:00pm ET - 1:00pm ET

Teacher Leadership: The Pathway to Common Core Success

The Common Core State Standards were formed in a state-led effort to set consistent, rigorous standards across states so that all students have the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college and careers. While the Common Core started as a local, collaborative effort, the standards have become a hot topic of debate in political circles. Through the politicization of the Common Core, the voices of those tasked with the work of implementing the standards—teachers—have been muffled.

April 28, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:30am ET

Examining U.S.-Israel Relations at a Time of Change in the Middle East

The U.S.-Israel relationship has been a centerpiece of U.S. Middle East strategy and a main pillar of Israel’s national security strategy for decades. But political relations between the two countries during the past six years have seen some turbulence, even as security cooperation deepens and they continue to share common interests and values at a time of change and uncertainty in the Middle East.

On April 22, please join the Center for American Progress, the Center for a New American Security, and the Israel Institute to take stock of where we are at this crucial stage in U.S.-Israel relations, featuring two expert panels. The first panel will discuss the management of U.S.-Israel relations, and the second will focus on the main issues under discussion between the two states.

April 22, 2015, 10:30am ET - 1:00pm ET

Rep. Joseph Crowley on the Savings and Retirement Security Crisis

The inability to save money and achieve financial stability at every stage of life is one of the most significant challenges confronting American families today. With nearly half of U.S. households lacking sufficient savings for emergencies, and one-third of workers saying that they are not saving for retirement, the savings and retirement security crisis in the United States is undermining the financial security of the middle class and those working to join the middle class. In his speech, Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, will discuss the urgent need to address this crisis and why now is the time to bring security and peace of mind to working families. Vice Chair Crowley will lay out an agenda that makes saving for the future a possibility for every American.

April 21, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:00am ET

Sec. Jewell and Sen. Wyden on America’s Growing Outdoor Economy

America’s national parks, national forests, rivers, oceans, and protected public lands are a powerful engine for growth in the U.S. economy. Outdoor recreation generates $646 billion in consumer spending each year and supports 6.1 million jobs across the country. Increasingly, communities are using outdoor amenities to draw entrepreneurs, recruit workers, attract visitors, and deliver an unmatched quality of life to their residents.

While local economies and business communities see open spaces and public lands as a competitive advantage, the economic benefits of America’s outdoors are not always measured in government analyses or accounted for in decision making. As a result, policymakers may be overlooking opportunities to spur job creation and growth in the outdoor economy.

The Center for American is pleased to host a conversation to highlight the growing importance of public lands and waters to recreation and non-recreation businesses. After remarks from our keynote speakers and a moderated Q&A session, a panel of experts will discuss steps the federal government can take to better account for and encourage the growth of the outdoor economy.

April 16, 2015, 2:30pm ET - 4:00pm ET

Making Progress on Early Childhood Education in States and Communities

Early childhood education is one of the best investments the United States can make in its future workforce. Around the country, states and communities are realizing its benefits and ramping up efforts to expand access to high-quality early childhood programs beginning at birth. Federal investments in Preschool Development Grants and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships have helped states make significant strides.

April 10, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:15am ET

The Economic Impacts of the Affordable Care Act

The United States recently marked the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Over the five years since the law passed, our health care system has seen considerable progress, including a dramatic expansion of health insurance coverage, historically slow growth in health care costs, and striking improvements in the quality of patient care.

April 2, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:00am ET

Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted

Few American institutions have inflicted greater suffering on ordinary people than the Supreme Court of the United States. As Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Ian Millhiser explains in his new book, Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted, Supreme Court justices have shaped a nation where children could toil in coal mines, citizens could be forced into internment camps because of their race, and women could be sterilized against their wills by state law. The Court was the midwife of Jim Crow, the right hand of union busters, and the dead hand of the Confederacy. And the modern Court is not a vast improvement, with its incursions on voting rights and its willingness to place elections for sale.

Please join CAP for a conversation between Millhiser and Supreme Court journalist Jeffrey Toobin, as they discuss Injustices and its implications for how progressives should approach the judiciary.

Copies of Injustices will be available for purchase at the event.

April 1, 2015, 12:00pm ET - 1:00pm ET

Inside the Labyrinth: Undocumented Students in Higher Education

A distinguished panel will discuss the findings of a new report, In the Shadows of the Ivory Tower: Undocumented Undergraduates and the Liminal State of Immigration Reform, focused on the experiences of undocumented students navigating the stressful landscape of current immigration laws, uneven state and university policies, and few campus resources. The panel will present lessons learned from the experiences of students and a potential path forward amidst an uncertain political climate.

March 31, 2015, 9:30am ET - 11:00am ET

‘Balancing Act in America’s Playground’ and ‘Our Canyon Lands’

Please join the Center for American Progress and the D.C. Environmental Film Festival for a screening of the films "Balancing Act in America's Playground" and "Our Canyon Lands."

March 26, 2015, 6:30pm ET - 8:00pm ET

Expanding Access to Solar Energy for All American Households

In recent years, electricity generation from renewable resources has surged. Rooftop solar, in particular, is experiencing exponential growth. And it is not just wealthy households that are reaping the benefits of rooftop solar. Research shows that increasing numbers of middle-class households are adopting solar energy, while several states have implemented policies to ensure that low-income communities have access to solar power.

Faced with this competition, some electric utilities and fossil-fuel interests are mounting state-based campaigns to slow or stop the development of renewable energy. These groups argue that solar energy only benefits wealthier Americans at the expense of the poor—a claim that runs counter to the facts. All Americans should be able to choose cleaner energy alternatives, both to protect their interests as consumers and to respond to the threat of climate change.

This event will explore state and federal policy options to ensure equitable access to renewable energy, including initiatives the California State Legislature is pursuing that could serve as a national model.

March 25, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:00am ET

Expanding Opportunity in America’s Urban Areas

Our nation's urban centers are the engines of the U.S. economy, and in recent years, more Americans are moving to these communities. Despite the growing popularity of living in urban areas, these communities face a number of ongoing challenges, from housing and transportation to education and workforce accessibility.

March 23, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:15am ET