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.

Recent Seminars

Alex Keyssar – November 2020 Reforming the Electoral Process: What Is To Be Done?

Alex Keyssar – November 2020 Reforming the Electoral Process:  What Is To Be Done?

This webinar will focus on what we have learned about electoral processes from November’s historic presidential election – and what we might want to think about changing. Topics: Electoral College reform; a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to vote; the need for more nationally uniform procedures across the states; better funded election administration; and safeguards against voter suppression.

Jeffrey Rosen – October 2020 The Future of the Supreme Court

Jeffrey Rosen – October 2020 The Future of the Supreme Court

Jeffrey Rosen discusses 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 talks about how the Supreme Court can maintain its bipartisan legitimacy and independence. Finally, Rosen explores the arguments for and against calls for structural reform of the judiciary, including court packing and term limits.