PublicSquare Seminars

Jocelyn Frye – December 2018 Beyond #MeToo: Combatting Sexual Harassment

Jocelyn Frye – December 2018 Beyond #MeToo: Combatting Sexual Harassment

The seminar provides a contextual overview of the legal, policy, and historical developments – including the persistent influence of gender and racial biases on cultural and workplace attitudes – that have shaped the existing framework of protections against sexual harassment in the workplace.  The discussion examines the current challenges to combatting workplace sexual harassment effectively, and identifies potential avenues for progress at the legislative, workplace, and educational levels.  These strategies will include exploring ways to remove pre-employment barriers that limit the ability to report harassment, improve harassment reporting structures, reduce retaliation and better empower survivors, elevate bystander intervention and other prevention measures, incentivize greater transparency, strengthen enforcement, and promote workplace equity.  The discussion also examines how to counter the misperceptions about sexual harassment that overlook the disproportionate impacts on women of color and low-income women. The seminar concludes with a robust discussion about how best to advance promising policy options to achieve concrete progress in the years ahead.

Jocelyn Frye, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, is a leading authority on women’s economic security and employment issues. She served for four years as deputy assistant to former President Barack Obama and director of policy and special projects for former First Lady Michelle Obama, with a focus on women, families, and engagement with the greater DC community. Previously Frye was general counsel at the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she testified before Congress and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on federal enforcement of employment-discrimination laws. She earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

This event has been made possible through the generosity of Martin and Maureen McDermut.

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Seminar Readings

Jocelyn Frye, “From Politics to Policy:  Turning the Corner on Sexual Harassment,” Center for American Progress (January 31, 2018)
Jocelyn Frye, “Creating a Fair Process to Combat Sexual Harassment is Essential to Women’s Progress,” Center for American Progress (March 7, 2018)

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Douglas Massey – October 2018 America's Immigration Policy in Crisis

Douglas Massey – October 2018 America's Immigration Policy in Crisis

The seminar outlines the dysfunctional policy decisions that gave rise to an undocumented population that peaked at 12 million persons in 2008. It reviews what has happened to that population in subsequent years, focusing on the changing circumstances in Mexico and Central America and policy decisions taken during the Obama Administration. It concludes with a look at the policies unleashed by the Trump administration and their mismatch with the realities of traffic on the Mexico-U.S. border and the actual security needs of the United States.

Douglas S. Massey is the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His award-winning publications include Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb, Brokered Boundaries: Creating Immigrant Identity in Anti-Immigrant Times, and Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Age of Economic Integration. Since 1982 he has also co-directed (with Jorge Durand, University of Guadalajara), the Mexican Migration Project that was created to further our understanding of the complex process of Mexican migration to the United States. The recipient of many research grants and awards, including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Massey has also served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania.

This event has been made possible through the generosity of Montecito Bank & Trust, Mitchell Kauffman and Joanne Moran.

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Seminar Readings

Douglas S. Massey, “Today’s U.S.-Mexico ‘Border Crisis’ in 6 charts,” The Conversation, June 27, 2018
Douglas S. Massey, “America’s Immigration Policy Fiasco: Learning from Past Mistakes,” Daedalus, vol. 142, no. 3, 2013, pp. 5-15

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Becoming a Global Citizen – Sept 2018

Becoming a Global Citizen – Sept 2018

Preview screening of A Towering Task: A Peace Corps Documentary followed by a conversation and reception with its producer and director, Alana DeJoseph, who previously served as associate producer of the award-winning PBS documentaries The Greatest Good (about the U.S. Forest Service) and Green Fire (about conservationist Aldo Leopold). Founded during the Cold War, the Peace Corps stands as an icon of American idealism. From the beginning its mission of world peace and friendship proved to be a towering task. Imbued with the unbounded energy and vision of its charismatic leader, Sargent Shriver, and thousands of vigorous volunteers, the story of the Peace Corps is a uniquely American tale. From the political machinations to establish not just a brand new government agency, but a new concept in international relations, from the growing pains of an agency straining to define its mission, A Towering Task takes viewers on a journey of what it means to be a global citizen.

This event made possible through the generosity of the Juliane Heyman, Dan Meisel and Amy Wendel, and Union Bank.

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