On February 18, 1965, an overflow crowd packed the Cambridge Union in Cambridge, England, to witness a televised debate between James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the civil rights movement, and William F. Buckley Jr., a fierce critic of the movement and America’s most influential conservative intellectual. The subject was “the American dream is at the expense of the American Negro.” Nicholas Buccola will revisit that historic debate and discuss its continuing relevance to this country's persistent racial divide.
Rebecca Kobrin: For a smarter foreign policy, we need a smarter — and more moral — immigration policy
In an article published by The Washington Post, Rebecca Kobrin addresses the impact the US made by closing their doors on Jewish refugees over 80 years ago, denying them the opportunity to start new lives. Kobrin compares the treatment and actions of the US back then to the developing situations just south of the border today.
Freedom and Citizenship Program
Beginning in 2009, the Center for American Studies has collaborated with the Roger Lehecka Double Discovery Center on a program that introduces high school students to college-level work in the humanities and prepares them for lives as informed, responsible citizens.