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Oct. 15, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (Eastern)

Race and Ethnicity: Part 2 of a Special Three-Part Series

Organizer: Living Room Conversations

In this series of three conversations, participants explore the complexities of the concepts of Race, Ethnicity, and their impacts on people from all walks of life. We will cover new questions from the three Race & Ethnicity conversation guides found here. Some of these questions include:

  • What qualifications do you use to determine a person's race?
  • Were conversations about race a part of your upbringing? If so, how was the subject approached? How did people around you talk about other races?
  • Have you ever claimed an ethnicity that wasn't yours or that wasn't visibly yours in order to "pass," or have privilege?
  • How have race and ethnicity functioned differently in your life, if they have?
Location: Virtual
Oct. 15, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

'Life in Congress' Webinar: Enhancing Workplace Flexibility in Congress

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

"How do I know staffers are working if I can't see them?" "We tried a flexible work schedule. A few staffers ruined it for all of us." "We care about our constituents and they need responses immediately." "My boss will NEVER go for it."

Well, just how DO you overcome these objections? Join us for this webinar that will feature the "Workflex Toolkit for Congress," a practical guide with worksheets, assessments, and tips for how to make flexible working options a reality in your office. You will also hear from congressional managers who will provide their perspectives on:

  • The strategies and tactics their offices have tried to help staff better manage their work and home lives;
  • How they developed their workflex policies;
  • The benefits they've seen in their office to having family-friendly or more flexible policies; and
  • Their advice for other offices on modifying their employment practices.
Location: Webinar
Oct. 16, 2019
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Educate, Then Elect

Organizer: VoteRunLead

In a nation divided, a record number of candidates on the ballot, and a myriad of issues up for debate – it can feel daunting to get the facts needed to make informed decisions. This month All Woman Project is partnering with Vote Run Lead, a campaign and leadership program dedicated to training womxn to run for office. This event will feature a panel with Vote Run Lead and special guests all moderated by AWP founder, model, and activist, Clémentine Desseaux. Additionally, we will feature a register to vote, pledging, and information station. We're here to help get you informed and ready for the 2019 elections – no matter what side of the table you land on!

Location: The Hoxton Williamsburg, 97 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11249

Oct. 16, 2019
8:00 PM (EDT)

Ideas at Work: A Better Way to Talk Politics

Organizer: Center for the Study of Liberty

The Center for the Study of Liberty is delighted to bring you a live online interview and discussion with Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers, hosts of the popular podcast "Pantsuit Politics" and authors of I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening). "Pantsuit Politics" launched in November 2015 and has since grown into a thriving community of bi-partisan listeners dedicated to the idea that our relationships and values can help us navigate complex and difficult political conversations. As hosts, Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers commit to "listening to each other first and talking politics second" as they discuss current events, analyze the news, and explore their own ideological differences in their twice-weekly episodes. Together, they've navigated topics ranging from campaign finance reform to immigration, and interviewed politicians and leaders on both sides of the aisle. Sarah and Beth believe there's a better way of talking about politics - a way that elevates nuance and empathy over our need to win arguments and represent our "team." How do we find that better way? What habits can we cultivate in our lives and communities to get us there?

Location: Virtual

Oct. 17, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Represent San Antonio Unbreaking America Screening

Organizer: RepresentUs

Whether you're a longtime volunteer or new to the movement, this is the perfect opportunity to learn how to take action against corruption in your area and around the country. At this meeting, we will:

  • Meet face-to-face with leaders and activists in your community
  • Screen the short film Unbreaking America, featuring Jennifer Lawrence
  • Get involved with Coalition Building, Education, and TX Legislative Lobbying
  • Learn how to get involved with the anti-corruption movement, both locally and nationally.

If you are interested in making San Antonio work for everyday people and want to learn how you can contribute, join this meeting and become a part of the movement!

Location: Cody Library, 11441 Vance Jackson Rd., San Antonio TX, 78230

Oct. 19-21, 2019

National Citizen Leadership Conference

Organizer: American Promise

In the face of toxic political divisiveness and pay-to-play government, American Promise brings together and empowers Americans of widely varying political viewpoints with a common goal - eliminating the corrupting influence of super PAC and special interest money in politics and securing our rights as equal citizens. Nationwide, we are rising to the challenge, building an unstoppable network and movement, locally and nationally, to pass and ratify a powerful amendment to United States Constitution so that people, not money govern America. Join us at the National Citizen Leadership Conference (NCLC) to see how we can achieve this urgent, historic reform. Come away empowered, knowing that together, we can amplify our message in communities, statehouses and Congress. It's time take on super PACs and special interests to get money out of politics by passing the 28th Amendment.

Location: Hilton Crystal City, 2399 Clark St., Arlington, VA 22202

Oct. 20, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Represent Minnesota Unbreaking America

Organizer: RepresentUs

Whether you're a longtime volunteer or new to the movement, this is the perfect opportunity to learn how to take action against corruption in your area and around the country. At this meeting, we will screen Unbreaking America, a short film featuring Jennifer Lawrence. After the screening, we will have a discussion followed by our regular general meeting. If you are interested in making Minnesota work for everyday people want to learn how you can contribute, join this screening and become a part of the movement!

Location: North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Ave N., Minneapolis, MN 80523

Oct. 22, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (Eastern)

Race and Ethnicity: Part 3 of a Special Three-Part Series

Organizer: Living Room Conversations

In this series of three conversations, participants explore the complexities of the concepts of Race, Ethnicity, and their impacts on people from all walks of life. We will cover new questions from the three Race & Ethnicity conversation guides found here. Some of these questions include:

  • What qualifications do you use to determine a person's race?
  • Were conversations about race a part of your upbringing? If so, how was the subject approached? How did people around you talk about other races?
  • Have you ever claimed an ethnicity that wasn't yours or that wasn't visibly yours in order to "pass," or have privilege?
  • How have race and ethnicity functioned differently in your life, if they have?
Location: Virtual
Oct. 23, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Protecting Our Vote: A Conversation with Eric Holder and Ari Berman

Organizer: Mother Jones

The right to vote is under attack, with Election Day 2020 just more than one year away. From states passing new voter suppression laws to gerrymandering efforts that manipulate district lines, it's becoming increasingly difficult for voters to exercise our democratic rights. Yet a surge in civic action to protect these rights is building momentum, and former US Attorney General Eric Holder is leading the fight for ballot access and against unfair voting maps. As we near an election year that will shape voting maps for the next decade, join Holder in conversation with Mother Jones senior reporter Ari Berman as they discuss the current state of voting rights in America.

Location: Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052

Oct. 24, 2019
12:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Convergence 10th Anniversary Symposium & Celebration

Organizer: Convergence

For 10 years, Convergence has convened people with divergent views to build trust, identify solutions, and form alliances for transformative action on critical national issues. To celebrate our anniversary, we invite you to explore the impact we've had and imagine the future we can build together. Join us this fall to consider the kind of country we want to live in. Long-time stakeholders, current partners, and new supporters are invited to a unique conversation on what we know and what we dream about in our work supporting breakthrough collaborations on the issues that matter most.

Location: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, 2001 K St. NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20006

Oct. 24, 2019
6:30 PM

FIRE's 20th Anniversary Celebration

Organizer: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

Twenty years ago, Harvey Silverglate and Alan Charles Kors opened up the doors to a small nonprofit in Philadelphia to answer calls for help from students and professors facing violations of their individual rights. Now, 20 years later, FIRE is the leading authority on campus civil liberties, having helped millions of students defend and enjoy their rights. With each day, FIRE's voice grows and its reputation becomes stronger. This is a testament to all the people who have supported our work throughout the years. And it is those people who we want to celebrate with us in October. Please join us for a fun, thought-provoking, and celebratory evening with your favorite free speech friends. Don't forget, this is not an annual event, so don't miss out! Formal invitations and registration to come soon.

Location: Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023

Oct. 24-27, 2019

NCSL Redistricting Seminar: Columbus

Organizer: National Conference of State Legislators

Columbus, Ohio, will host the second of NCSL's five Getting Ready to Redistrict: Seminars for Practitioners and Others. If you are a legislator, legislative staffer, a commissioner, a commission staffer, an outside advocate or just an interested member of the public, these seminars are for you. In 2 1/2 days, NCSL will deliver knowledge and practical instruction that you can customize for your state and your role in the process. Expect answers to:

  • What's the legal landscape for redistricting?
  • What technology is available for redistricting?
  • What data are useful to use for redistricting?
  • How do states balance various principles and priorities when they redistrict?
  • How do you involve the public in the process?
Location: Columbus, OH
Oct. 25, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Advocacy Leaders Network: What’s Next for the Advocacy World

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

Could you have imagined that advocacy professionals would be tweeting at Members of Congress? And that you would be geofencing the hill to deliver a targeted ad? Hear from a forward-thinking group of practitioners who DID see these changes coming to the industry and what they think we are in for next.

Location: Beekeeper Group, 1101 14th Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005

Oct. 25, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The 19th Annual Anti-Corruption Awards

Organizer: Independent Voting

The 19th Annual Anti-Corruption Awards honoring:

  • Katie Fahey, Founder and Executive Director of Voters Not Politicians
  • Jane Kleeb, Chair, Nebraska Democratic Party
  • Adrian Fontes, Recorder, Maricopa County, AZ
  • With special tribute to the Eyes on 2020 Cabinet

In 2019, Independent Voting launched the Eyes on 2020 campaign to address a hidden form of voter suppression in our presidential election process--the exclusion of close to 26 million independents
from the presidential primaries.

Oct. 26, 2019
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Galvanize California

Organizer: United State of Women

In the lead-up to the 2020 United State of Women Summit, USOW is convening communities across the country and equipping women with the tools they need to keep fighting for gender equity. Join us at the Galvanize Program in Sacramento, Calif., to learn about the work being done in California and across the country, as well as connect with local activists, community leaders, and Californians looking to make a difference. This includes a training session led by national experts on topics such as:

Location: The University Union, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819

Oct. 30, 2019

2019 Integrity Awards Dinner

Organizer: Coalition for Integrity

The Coalition will be presenting Senator Chuck Grassley and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney the Integrity Award for their work on beneficial ownership transparency. They will also be giving the Corporate Leadership Award to FedEx for its commitment to anti-corruption goals and corporate social responsibility. As a late addition, the Coalition will be presenting a special award honoring whistleblowers for the courage and fortitude they exhibit in revealing corruption and unethical practices in the public and private sectors. Accepting the award will be Tom Devine, legal director of the Government Accountability Project. In connection with this award, the Coalition will also be recognizing the recent national intelligence whistleblower involved in the Ukrainian controversy. In this effort, the Coalition has partnered with Stand Up Republic Foundation, also a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, that works to defend democracy in America.

Location: Capital Hilton, 1001 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2019

2019 FIRE Faculty Conference

Organizer: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

As with our previous conferences, FIRE welcomes proposals for papers on a wide array of topics related to academic freedom and freedom of expression in modern higher education. Presented work may take the form of original research or a critical narrative, and presentation of research-in-progress is also acceptable. Topics may be examined through the lens of a particular field or discipline, or in the context of higher education more broadly. Each presentation will be accompanied by a moderated panel discussion in which invited participants will give brief responses, followed by a discussion among all attendees. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the published volumes from our 2017 and 2018 conferences to get a sense of the scope of the conference and the variety of ideas presented.

For our 2019 conference, FIRE is additionally interested not only in presenting academic research, but in examining the academic profession itself and the infrastructure supporting academic research and discovery. Recent academic controversies and trends have presented new challenges to longstanding pillars of academic research such as Institutional Review Boards and the peer review process. The internet and social media have diversified the outlets available for faculty to disseminate their research and offer commentary, while at the same time those outlets have frequently been weaponized to stifle faculty voices and threaten academic research. Tenure remains vulnerable and available to few, and faculty expertise is frequently overridden from within the university and viewed with hostility from without. What other fault lines might exist? How well does the academic process work at protecting academic freedom? We welcome papers exploring this issue from a variety of perspectives.

Location: Boston University, Boston, MA

Nov. 3, 2019
10:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Unity Convention

Organizer: No Labels

At No Labels, we want to shift the focus back to what really matters — how the candidates plan to solve our country's problems. What will they do to bring down health care costs? How will they combat the nation's plummeting entrepreneurial spirit? How will they address the costs of climate change as insurance companies begin to change their risk models to account for more violent storms and more intense flooding? How are we going to fix our nation's broken immigration system and protect our borders? To keep this campaign focused on the issues that matter we're hosting a UNITY convention, an event that will give New Hampshire voters focused on solving problems an opportunity to interact with the candidates on the substance of their ideas. If you're one of those substance-oriented voters, you're invited!

Location: DoubleTree, 700 Elm St., Manchester, NH

Nov. 4, 2019

Facilitating for Public Engagement

Organizer: New Hampshire Listens

This daylong workshop is designed to give participants an understanding of the critical role of facilitators in the broad spectrum of public engagement work. We spend time discussing local and statewide projects, walking through a typical "talk to action" process, and emphasizing the principles that guide our work. Prior facilitation experience is helpful but not necessary. Dress is casual and meals, refreshments, and training materials will be provided. This training may be augmented by more extensive facilitator training offered annually by UNH Cooperative Extension. A $50 fee is waived for students and those with financial need.

Location: Plymouth, NH

Nov. 7-8, 2019

2019 California Economic Summit

Organizer: CA Forward

The 2019 California Economic Summit marks the eighth annual gathering of private, public and civic leaders from across California's diverse regions. The Summit's bipartisan network of business, equity, environmental and civic organizations is unique in championing solutions that meet the triple bottom line—simultaneously growing the economy, improving environmental quality and increasing opportunity for all. The two-day Summit is designed to accelerate coordinated implementation of the Roadmap action plans and strengthen the Summit network.

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Fresno, 2233 Ventura Street, Fresno, CA 93721

Nov. 9, 2019
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Galvanize Alabama

Organizer: United State of Women

In the lead-up to the 2020 United State of Women Summit, USOW is convening communities across the country and equipping women with the tools they need to keep fighting for gender equity. Join us at the Galvanize Program in Montgomery, Ala., to learn about the work being done in Alabama and across the country, as well as connect with local activists, community leaders, and Alabamians looking to make a difference. This includes a training session led by national experts on topics such as:

  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Advocacy and Organizing
  • How to Run for Office
  • Core Issues

Location: Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Nov. 13, 2019

National Conversation

Organizer: She Should Run

National Conversation is She Should Run's annual signature event in which we invite the country to discuss the importance of women's political leadership, redefine what it means to enter the political sphere, share an action plan for advancing women's representation in the upcoming year, and hear from women leaders in the political, business, and other spaces.

Location: Washington, DC

Nov. 18, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Introduction to Dialogue Across Differences

Organizer: Essential Partners

This one-day workshop uses real-world case studies to introduce participants to the theory and practice of EP's Reflective Structured Dialogue framework. For three decades, our unique approach has transformed conflicts across the country and the world—but the basic principles of EP's framework are applicable to local community issues, organizational development, congregations, and everyday conversations. Intentional communication helps individuals, organizations, and communities build trust, enhance resilience, and engage in constructive conversations despite deeply-held differences of value, belief, opinion, or identity. This workshop provides a set of simple tools to achieve those goals.

Location: 186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Suite 212, Cambridge, MA 02138

Nov. 20, 2019
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Advocacy Leaders Network: Fall Happy Hour

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

Please join us for our annual fall Advocacy Leaders Network happy hour. Over the past seven years, many of you have joined us for substantive sessions on all aspects of maximizing your advocacy campaigns, but sometimes the best learning comes from just talking to your peers over drinks! The Advocacy Leaders Network is a community of senior advocacy, government affairs, and public relations professionals. In addition to our quarterly event series, we will be providing these professional networking opportunities as a chance for us all to meet in a fun, informal setting.

Location: Beekeeper Group, 1101 14th St. NW #200, Washington, DC 20005


Nov. 21, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

They Don’t Represent Us: Reclaiming our Democracy

Organizer: Brennan Center for Justice

American democracy is in critical need of repair. Our politics are more divisive and more polarized than at any time in recent history. Lawmakers are beholden to wealthy donors, not to their constituents. Citizens' voices are silenced through the erosion of their civil rights. Beltway politicians, who have long neglected to address these problems, are partly to blame. But the increasingly uninformed American public bears responsibility as well. In his new book, They Don't Represent Us, Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig charts the ways in which the fundamental institutions of our democracy respond to narrow interests rather than to the needs and wishes of the nation's citizenry. He explores the causes and consequences of "unrepresentativeness" and calls for significant reforms including public campaign funding, a reformed Electoral College, and a nationwide ban on partisan gerrymandering.

Location: Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge, NYU School of Law, 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012
Dec. 7, 2019

Civic Saturday: Seattle

Organizer: Citizen University

Civic Saturday is a gathering of friends and strangers in a common place to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. At the gathering we reflect and connect around the values and practices of being an active citizen, reckon with and reflect on our nation's creed, and build civic fellowship to create new civic traditions that are joyful and communal.

Location: Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Dec. 9, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 PM

How Mail to Congress Moves From the Back Office to the Member Office

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

Organizations that encourage grassroots advocacy invest considerable resources to get their supporters to email their Members of Congress. The first person who "opens" these messages are Legislative Correspondents (LC's). Yet how influential are these messages and how are they perceived by LC's who are responsible for processing hundreds of thousands of constituent emails every year? What does it take to get a campaign off this junior staffer's desk and in front of senior staff and the legislator? This presentation will provide findings from CMF's first-of-its-kind survey of Capitol Hill LC's.

Location: Webinar

Dec. 10-11, 2019

Making Capitalism Work for All

Organizer: American Sustainable Business Council

Confidence in America's political and economic institutions is fading fast. CEOs, experts and citizens left and right see erosion of opportunity, systemic economic inequality and a stagnating middle class. They're urging a course correction for capitalism that will revitalize our market-based economy with innovative reforms – and you can help chart that course. Join American Sustainable Business Council, the nation's leading voice for responsible business thought and advocacy, as we tackle issues that will impact your operations and the economy in 2020 and beyond.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Jan. 15, 2020
TBD

Screening: Bring It to the Table

Organizer: Bring It to the Table

"Bring It to the Table" is a documentary film, participatory online platform, community engagement campaign + web series aimed at bridging political divides and elevating the national conversation about issues that matter to us all. The project is for those who want to listen to what their fellow students, co-workers, neighbors, friends, family members, and even total strangers, really think.

Location: ACLU of New Hampshire, Portsmouth, NH

May 6-10, 2020

NCSL Redistricting Seminar: Las Vegas

Organizer: National Conference of State Legislators

Las Vegas will host the third of NCSL's five Getting Ready to Redistrict: Seminars for Practitioners and Others. If you are a legislator, legislative staffer, a commissioner, a commission staffer, an outside advocate or just an interested member of the public, these seminars are for you. In 2 1/2 days, NCSL will deliver knowledge and practical instruction that you can customize for your state and your role in the process. Expect answers to:

  • What's the legal landscape for redistricting?
  • What technology is available for redistricting?
  • What data are useful to use for redistricting?
  • How do states balance various principles and priorities when they redistrict?
  • How do you involve the public in the process?
Location: Las Vegas, NV
May 15-17, 2020

Unrig Spotlight 2020

Organizer: RepresentUs

Unrig Spotlight 2020 shines a bright light on the most vital and unmissable content for the 2020 cycle – powerful speakers, inspiring leaders, world class entertainment and more. Unrig Spotlight is a more focused program in a more intimate setting, featuring an all-day mainstage lineup supported by a highly-curated slate of empowering trainings and connection-building activities.

Location: New World Center, 500 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139

June 3-6, 2020

2020 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting

Organizer: American Democracy Project

AASCU's American Democracy Project (ADP) and NASPA are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. Join us in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for our annual conference, which brings together faculty, student affairs professionals, senior campus administrators, students and community partners. Together we will ensure that students graduate from our colleges and universities—both public and private—prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens that our communities and democracy need. Our 2020 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE20) will facilitate exchanges of knowledge and develop a sense of community around our shared civic learning and democratic engagement work.

Location: Minneapolis Marriott City Center, 30 S 7th St., Minneapolis, MN 55402

June 11-12, 2020

Faculty Workshop: The Dialogic Classroom

Organizer: Essential Partners

From public universities to private colleges, Essential Partners has worked to adapt and innovate its approach to dialogue across differences for higher ed teaching. We call our model the dialogic classroom. From arts and humanities to STEM, we've trained hundreds of faculty to lead more open, productive discussions about difficult or divisive issues—topics like stem cell research, the role of race in American society, and gender identity. Join Essential Partners for a two-day training to learn how to implement the dialogic classroom. In first-year lecture classes and Ph.D. seminars alike, we have helped teachers and students make the shift to a dialogic classroom. The benefits have been broad and deep. Our research has found that the dialogic classroom:

  • Better, more constructive, more inclusive conversations about tough topics like race, immigration, gender, science and society, partisan polarization, or religion
  • Improved student retention of the course content
  • Greater student capacity to articulate and interrogate their own values and views
  • More consistent class participation among students who might be less likely to engage
  • Helps students feel like they belong.
Location: 186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Suite 212, Cambridge, MA 02138
Sept. 24-27, 2020

NCSL Redistricting Seminar: Portland

Organizer: National Conference of State Legislators

Portland, OR, will host the fourth of NCSL's five Getting Ready to Redistrict: Seminars for Practitioners and Others. If you are a legislator, legislative staffer, a commissioner, a commission staffer, an outside advocate or just an interested member of the public, these seminars are for you. In 2 1/2 days, NCSL will deliver knowledge and practical instruction that you can customize for your state and your role in the process. Expect answers to:

  • What's the legal landscape for redistricting?
  • What technology is available for redistricting?
  • What data are useful to use for redistricting?
  • How do states balance various principles and priorities when they redistrict?
  • How do you involve the public in the process?
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Jan. 15, 2021

NCSL Redistricting Seminar: Washington, D.C.

Organizer: National Conference of State Legislators

Washington, D.C., will host the fifth of NCSL's five Getting Ready to Redistrict: Seminars for Practitioners and Others. If you are a legislator, legislative staffer, a commissioner, a commission staffer, an outside advocate or just an interested member of the public, these seminars are for you. In 2 1/2 days, NCSL will deliver knowledge and practical instruction that you can customize for your state and your role in the process. Expect answers to:

  • What's the legal landscape for redistricting?
  • What technology is available for redistricting?
  • What data are useful to use for redistricting?
  • How do states balance various principles and priorities when they redistrict?
  • How do you involve the public in the process?
Location: Washington, DC