Mission

PublicSquare’s mission is to promote civic engagement and activism by convening free, community seminars that address the critical issues of our time and to mentor primarily underrepresented and low-income college students by assisting them with internships opportunities that bridge their academic work and civic aspirations. Through its educational offerings and student fellowships, PublicSquare seeks to restore robust and productive democratic debate, prepare the next generation of civic leaders, and create a more just and humane society.

Upcoming Seminar

Jeffrey Rosen – October 25 The Future of the Supreme Court

Jeffrey Rosen – October 25 The Future of the Supreme Court

Jeffrey Rosen will discuss the future of the Supreme Court and the key constitutional issues it will face, such as free speech, religious liberty, and civil rights. At a time of deep partisan polarization, he will talk about how the Supreme Court can maintain its bipartisan legitimacy and independence. Finally, Rosen will explore the arguments for and against calls for structural reform of the judiciary, including court packing and term limits.

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Recent Seminars

Charlie Sykes – January 2020 The Future of Conservatism

Charlie Sykes – January 2020 The Future of Conservatism

What happened to the conservative movement? And where does it go now? Charlie Sykes is the author of How the Right Lost Its Mind, which looks at the Trumpist takeover of the Republican Party. But now that that takeover is complete, what lies ahead for the conservative movement?

Clare Garvie – December 2019 Facial Recognition and Civil Liberties

Clare Garvie – December 2019 Facial Recognition and Civil Liberties

This seminar explores the unique risks face recognition poses to our constitutional rights and liberties, and the efforts underway in communities across the country to regulate or ban its use. It will outline the current state of the technology and likely future deployments in the United States and abroad in the absence of regulation, using the UK as a comparative case study.