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Covid-19 & the Inequities that Haunt Our Nation

If you happened to watch the recent film Ford v. Ferrari, you can better appreciate how risky the development of race cars was; it was really dangerous!  You could die.  And, indeed, one of the lead characters depicted in the film (Ken Miles) did perish in a car...

Do Conversations Inspire You? How?

Conversations can do so many different things for us: make us feel connected, intrigued, and even alienated. They can also inspire us. The conversations we had during our Winter Concert, Conversation, and Lunch Series in January and February were fun, thoughtful,...

Online Discussions—Old Dogs Do Learn New Tricks

I know I’m not the only one who’s experienced a surge in online activity as scores of in-person meetings have been canceled or delayed because of social distancing requirements. Some are happy to not spend those hours in airports, conference centers, or behind the...

Summer Concert, Conversation, and Lunch Series

What’s a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon? There are many. Last summer, IF, in partnership with Culture Saves, IONA, the D.C. Public Libraries, and the D.C. Department of Aging and Community Living, invited Washington residents to a series of four events...

Democratic Renewal in American Society

IF’s Democratic Promise guidebook has been discussed a number of times since its initial publication. Interest in the subject seems to somewhat track the election cycle and concerns about election process and practice features that are seen as shaping election...

Opening Remarks for the IF-Newseum Anniversary Event

Thanks to you all for coming—and thanks especially to Gene Policinski and the Newseum Institute for hosting us today. I’m Jeff Prudhomme, a Fellow and vice president of the Interactivity Foundation. On behalf of the Foundation, I’d like to welcome you to our...

New Book Spins Off IF Arts Policy Project

IF Fellow Natalie Hopkinson’s new book is now available on Amazon for preorder. The book, A Mouth is Always Muzzled, first originated in 2012 as a public policy discussion project with IF. The original discussion guide remains available as a free download. The...