Progressivism in America: Past, Present, and Future

On November 8-9, the Roosevelt Institute explores American progressivism at the University College Dublin's Clinton Institute.

At the Roosevelt Institute, we seek to address today's biggest policy challenges and build a more progressive society with solutions grounded in and inspired by the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. This focus on past, present, and future defines our work, and on November 8-9, we are bringing that perspective to University College Dublin's Clinton Institute for "Progressivism in America: Past, Present, and Future."

Spearheaded by Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow David Woolner and Clinton Institute lecturer Jack Thompson, our first international conference will feature some of the most celebrated progressive thinkers of our time, from Nobel laureates like Roosevelt Institute Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz to journalists like E.J. Dionne and Jonathan Alter. See below for the full list of panels and speakers, and click here for more information on the conference contributors.

This event will be livestreamed. Livestream begins 9 a.m. GMT / 4 a.m. EST.


DAY 1 (Friday, November 8, 2013)

9:00 a.m. GMT (4:00 a.m. EST)

Welcome:  Anna Eleanor Roosevelt and Liam Kennedy

Video Message from President William J. Clinton 

9:05-9:15 a.m.          

Introductions to the Conference: David B. Woolner and Jack Thompson 

9:15-11:15 a.m.          

Session 1: The History of American Progressivism, moderated by Dan Geary

  • TR, Wilson and the Origins of the Progressive Tradition - Charles Postel

  • FDR and the Launch of the New Deal – Alan Brinkley

  • Liberalism in the Post-War Era -Kevin Mattson

  • The Rise of the Right from the Goldwater Movement to the Tea Party  - Lisa McGirr

11:15-11:30 a.m.             


11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.            

Jonathan Alter - Barack Obama: Progressive? 

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.            


1:30 – 3:00 p.m.            

Session 2: Progressivism Today Part I, moderated by K. Sabeel Rahman

  • The Case for Big Government - Jeff Madrick

  • Financial Reform – Michael Konczal

  • Insecurity, Austerity, and the American Social Contract - Jacob Hacker

3:00-3:30 p.m.


3:30-4:45 p.m.          

Session 3: Progressivism Today Part II, moderated by Kathleen Lynch

  • Labor, Race and Poverty in America – Dorian Warren

  • Bringing Human Rights Home – Ellen Chesler

4:45-5:00 p.m.          

Preview of Ken Burns Documetary: The Roosevelts

5:00-5:30 p.m.            


5:30-6:30 p.m.          

Joseph Stiglitz - Building a Progressive Economy in the 21st Century  

8:30 p.m.                        

Dinner in Dublin


Day 2 (Saturday, November 9, 2013)

9:00 a.m. GMT (4:00 a.m. EST)                         

Welcome: Felicia Wong, President, Roosevelt Institute

9:15-11:15 a.m.            

Session 4: A Progressive Foreign Policy, Chair, Robert Strong

  • FDR and the Creation of the Post-War World David Woolner
  • Crafting a Progressive Foreign Policy in Today’s World - Rosa Brooks
  • Climate Change and Foreign Policy  – Mark Lytle
  • Some Reflections from Abroad - Alexander Kubyshkin and Munther Dajani 

11:15-11:30 a.m.            


11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.            

Session 5: The Future of Progressivism, Moderated by Aine Lawlor

  • A Conservative Critique – Christopher Caldwell
  • The Future of Progressive Politics – E.J. Dionne

12:45 p.m.                      

Lunch and Final Observations

  • American Politics: an Irish and European Perspective – Fintan O’Toole


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