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February 26, 2009

Contact: Tim Rusch or Gennady Kolker, Demos, press@demos.org or (212) 633-1405

An Immodest Proposal: Advancing a New Era of Social Justice

Demos Co-Sponsors 3/3 Discussion Hosted by the National Council for Research on Women


New York, NY-- In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama laid out the many challenges facing the nation, and pledged a commitment to fix a tanking economy, the rising cost of healthcare and a deteriorating educational system. In doing so, President Obama restated his commitment to progressive values and his strategy for reshaping the political landscape to create a more prosperous society for future generations. Recognizing this unique opportunity, the Women's Leadership Initiative at the public policy center Demos is convening a series of events to examine the role of women in this new progressive era.

On March 3rd, 2009, Demos, in partnership with the National Council for Research on Women, will host a discussion addressing questions about how women can affect the future of the progressive agenda; how civic leaders can best advance their goals in this new political climate, what the best strategies are for promoting and implementing this vision into reality, and how the worldwide economic rescission presents both challenges and opportunities.

WHEN:
Tuesday, March 3, 2009, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm

WHERE:
American Express Building, 200 Vesey Street, New York, NY

PANELISTS:

Nancy Cantor is the Chancellor and President of Syracuse University, and a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and WomenÂ’s Studies at the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dina Dublon is a current member of the boards of directors at Microsoft, Accenture, and PepsiCo. She also serves as a trustee of Carnegie Mellon University and on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Global Fund for Women and the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children.

Marcia D. Greenberger is the Founder and Co-President of the National Women's Law Center. A recognized expert on sex discrimination and the law, Greenberger has participated in the development of key legislative initiatives and litigation protecting women's rights.

Patricia Williams is a prominent law critic and a proponent of critical race theory. She is currently the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, and writes a column for “The Nation” magazine titled "Diary of a Mad Law Professor."

Moderator: Adaora Udoji is the co-host of “The Takeaway” with John Hockenberry. Previously, she was a host on Court TV, and a former correspondent for CNN and ABC News. She has covered major international assignments such as the 2003 Iraq War, the 2001 war in Afghanistan, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and events surrounding the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, for which the network won a Peabody Award



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