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Distinguished Lecture Series

Sponsored by The Center for New Deal Studies, Roosevelt University and The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, Hyde Park, NY

Date Topic Speaker
 2014  "Reinvention of Democracy:  Reconciling demos and res publica" Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President of Brazil (1995-2003)


"The Past, Present and Future of the American Labor Movement" Dorian T. Warren, Associate Professor, Columbia University & Fellow, Roosevelt Institute


"Rediscovering Government":
A Roosevelt Institute Initiative 
Jeff Madrick, Senior Fellow, Roosevelt Institute


"The Great Recession:  How We Got Here and Prospects for Recovery" Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington, D.C.
2010 "Health Reform, Public Health and the Surgeon General's Priorities" Vice Admiral Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., Surgeon General of the United States
2008 "The FDR Coalition, 1936-2008" William Leuchtenburg, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor Emeritus of History, University of North Carolina
2007 "Building a Constituency for Quality Public Education"

Wendy Puriefoy, President of the Public Education Network



"What Makes a Good Neighbor?  Upholding Values of Human Rights and Security in Latin American Immigration to the United States Luis Alberto Cordero, Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress, Costa Rica
2005 "The FCC and the Media" A Fireside Chat and Four Freedoms Roundtable Karen Gibbs, moderator; Panelists:  Newton Minow, Sr. Counsel, Sidley Austin; Carol Marin, NBC5 News and Chicago Sun Times; Professor John C. Roberts, DePaul School of Law 
2004 Working with Women and Children in Post-War Countries: The Liberian Situation Krubo Kollie, University of Liberia
2002 Corporate Accountability in an Age of Doubt Nell Minow, Editor, The Corporate Library
2001 World Hunger: A Human Rights Issue Stephane Hessel, Ambassadeur de France
2000 Remembering Eleanor Roosevelt Through Music and History Allida Black, ER Papers Project, and performance of cello concerto, “Eleanor’s Gift”
1999 Celebrating the Legacy of New Deal Housing Policy Gail Radford, SUNY-Buffalo, & Julia  Stasch (Chief of Staff to Mayor Daley)
1998 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Felice Gaer, Blaustein Institute for the  Advancement of Human Rights
1997 FDR & the Arts: The Federal Theater Studs Terkel, after a student performance of “The Cradle Will Rock.”
1996 FDR & the Holocaust Ambassador William vanden Heuvel
1995 Refugees: The Dilemmas of Global Dislocation Ambassador Morton Abramowitz
1994 Preventing Family Violence Esta Soler, Family Violence Prevention Fund
1993 Public v. Private Responsibility: Families & Children in the 21st Century Panelists including Cong. Richard Durbin, Mary Davidson, Thomas Roeser, Delores Holmes,Michael Warder. Moderated by John Callaway
1992 Women in Politics Cokie Roberts