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Justice & Social Change

Introduction to Collaborative Discussion

Martin Luther King famously envisioned the ideal of a “beloved community” as a place not only desegregated by law but one integrated in spirit, a place where people of all walks, all beliefs, and all races live and work peacefully side by side. Nearly sixty years...

Communicating Across Cultures

Communicating Across Cultures in a Changing City In the fall of 2019, a team of researchers at Howard University’s Department of Communication, Culture and Media Studies hosted a total of 18 small-group forums. Strangers of all ages,...

On Giving: the Future of Philanthropy

Photo by Jello Fishy on FreeImagesAmerican civil society is intimately connected to a long history of philanthropic efforts that provide “social goods” outside of or in partnership with government. Many of these efforts may be traced to...

The Future of Sex Policy

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Crime & Punishment

Project Manager:  Pete Shively What is crime? What scares us about it and why? Which “anti-social” behaviors are deemed criminal and which aren’t and why? What causes crime: nature, nurture/environment, other? How and why do we treat violent crime differently than...

The United States’ Democratic Promise

Project Manager - Dennis Boyer December 2016 Update:  Recent events appear to have increased interest in this topic. To read Dennis Boyer's reflections on some of the recent discussions of this project, click on either following text link or on the blue button in...

Human Migration

Project Manager - Ieva Notturno Project Update (April 30, 2013):  This project's final discussion report, Human Migration:  Policy Possibilities for Public Discussion (28 pages/610 KB), is now available for download. Click on the preceding link or on the link in...

Future Possibilities for Civil Rights Policy

Project Manager – Sue Goodney Lea We hear a lot about civil rights. Some people say these rights embody the very soul or essence of our democracy and must be actively safeguarded. Others observe that these kinds of rights are spreading to other places around the...

Rewarding Work

Project Manager – Dennis Boyer What if citizens had an opportunity to reinvent the world of work?  This project arose not only from the sense that our hopes and expectations for our work were not always met by existing employment relations and human resources, but...