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92Y American Conversation Progress Begins with a Better Conversation

A core belief at 92Y has always been that progress begins with a better conversation. A conversation that informs, not inflames. A conversation that allows better understanding, more civil engagement, and ultimately, a healthier society. A conversation that involves everyone who wants to be heard. That conversation is more crucial now than ever as America struggles to get back on track. In the run up to the 2012 election and beyond, 92Y’s Campaign for the American Conversation will bring you the most outstanding conversations from our stage, from behind the scenes, and from a range of incredible partners: footage from events on our world-famous concert hall, but also the type of videos and interviews you’ve never seen before from us. Intimate talks with top politicians, journalists, and economists. Clear, concise explanations of complex but crucial issues from top thought leaders. You’ll watch the best speakers and the brightest minds discussing the issues that really matter—and then you’ll tell us what YOU think. What you care about. What’s on your mind. Over the next several months, we’ll be producing and releasing more and more—so check back often. Join the Conversation.

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01/17/2019
Ben Franklin Circles

American Conversation is no longer an active page. Please visit us and join the conversation at Ben Franklin Circles! https://www.facebook.com/benfranklincircles/

The Ben Franklin Circles is a bold initiative that brings people together to ask two questions: how can we improve ourselves? How can we improve our world?

Want to improve yourself and the world around you? Start a #BenFranklinCircle. Learn more: http://benfranklincircles.org...
06/23/2017

Want to improve yourself and the world around you? Start a #BenFranklinCircle. Learn more: http://benfranklincircles.org/

This is what Ben Franklin Circles are all about. #TransformYourLife

03/09/2017
PRI Public Radio International

Our #7DaysofGenius continue with a Facebook Live conversation from PRI on innovations to improve trust in news!

How can journalism evolve beyond fake news? It's #GeniusWeek, and we're letting you in on conversations happening in our newsroom and newsrooms all over the world about fake news and the structural, technical, and cultural innovations being made to combat it.

Join The World's Rupa Shenoy, host of the Otherhood podcast, and Nieman Journalism Lab's Joshua Benton

The conversation is presented at the WGBH digital studio by @PRI as a part of 92nd Street Y's #7daysofgenius.

03/08/2017
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#7daysofgenius Facebook Live on new ways to create empathy between individuals & communities

Bridging the divide with Rabbi Peter Rubinstein and Imam Talib. How can we encourage more empathy and connection between individuals and distinct communities? That’s one of the questions we are addressing for #7DaysofGenius this week.

92Y’s Rabbi Peter Rubinstein and Imam Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid, the religious and spiritual leader of The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood Inc., in Harlem, lead the conversation. Watch with us and add your own questions or comments.

92Y American Conversation
03/01/2017

92Y American Conversation

Ben Franklin Circles
01/17/2017

Ben Franklin Circles

Today is Ben Franklin’s 311th birthday. It is also the one-year anniversary of The Ben Franklin Circles. Now is a perfect time to reflect on resolutions you made for 2017. And, by starting a Circle, you create a community to help you in keeping the goals you set for yourself: http://benfranklincircles.org/

01/09/2017
PRI Public Radio International

PRI reporters/producers Caitlin P. Abber and Rupa Shenoy are live discussing millennials & activism. Tune in!

Has the election of Donald Trump changed how millennials view themselves politically? The UnConvention's Caitlin Abber and Otherhood's Rupa Shenoy discuss.

Ben Franklin Circles
12/12/2016
Ben Franklin Circles

Ben Franklin Circles

Looking for a way to get involved in your community post-election? "Be like Ben!" Read more about how starting a Ben Franklin Circle can inspire civic participation.

Have you checked out #TheUnConvention World Vote? See what the world thinks about the U.S. election.
11/08/2016
What the world is saying in our global straw poll on the US presidency

Have you checked out #TheUnConvention World Vote? See what the world thinks about the U.S. election.

As ballots and comments roll in from our UnConvention World Vote — 63 countries represented so far — we’re hearing that most folks participating, so far, prefer a Clinton presidency. Add your voice!

11/03/2016
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92nd Street Y

"Elected officials have not done themselves any favor." Eric K Ward comments on the disgruntled or ambivalent voter. #TheUnConvention

11/03/2016
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92nd Street Y

Does our current voter registration system discourage people from voting? Hari Kondabolu says it does, and argues that automatic voter registration is one way to fix it. #TheUnConvention

"If facts and substance have been jettisoned in a country with a far higher number of college graduates, what could I po...
11/02/2016
The US election is frightening to some people living in fragile democracies

"If facts and substance have been jettisoned in a country with a far higher number of college graduates, what could I possibly expect in our next election? If the US cannot create real dialogue within its diverse society, what chance do more fragile democracies have?"

Read more via #TheUnConvention.

A Brazilian millennial fears the US presidential campaign is a sign of his own country’s political future.

10/29/2016
PRI Public Radio International

Visit PRI.org/WorldVote to vote in our global straw poll today!

No matter where you live, the US election impacts your life. Vote in #TheUnConvention straw poll and have your say. PRI.org/WorldVote

10/21/2016
Navigating Trump's America

Check out #TheUnConvention hilarious take on the 2016 election before the final presidential debate! A big thank you to our friends at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe!

These debaters definitely didn’t reach the 15% threshold to make it on the main debate stage but tonight Keisha Zollar, Connor Ratliff, Aparna Nancherla and Jo Firestone compete for your write-in vote. Pre-game the presidential debate with #TheUnConvention mock debate live from Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and co-presented with PRI Public Radio International & 92nd Street Y

10/20/2016
Across Women's Lives

Tune in to a live #TheUnConvention conversation from Across Women's Lives broadcasting from FB HQ!

How did Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton talk about, or fail to talk about women and gender equality during the debates? What did you hope moderators would #AskAboutWomen that they didn't? And how could the next president's foreign policy affect women around the world? Refinery29 editorial director Lea Goldman, The Huffington Post Senior Polling editor Natalie Jackson and AWL editorial director Christina Asquith discuss with Otherhood host Rupa Shenoy.

10/20/2016
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Check out #TheUnConvention Facebook Live regarding what's missing in the 2016 Election at the Presidential debates.

We're joined by Catherine Thompson from Talking Points Memo with journalists, JP Brammer at The Guardian, Aaron Morrison from Mic, and Elizabeth Huntsman from Bold.

There are now 75.4 million millennials in America and they could have a huge impact on November 8th. But are they seeing their values, issues and concerns reflected in one of the most divisive elections in recent history? We are live at Facebook HQ in NYC to talk about these issues for #TheUnConvention. This panel is moderated by Catherine Thompson from Talking Points Memo with journalists, JP Brammer at The Guardian, Aaron Morrison from Mic, and Elizabeth Huntsman from Bold.

"Could Trump’s attack on ‘political correctness’ help the US discuss race?" Read more from #TheUnConvention.
10/19/2016
Could Trump’s attack on ‘political correctness’ help the US discuss race?

"Could Trump’s attack on ‘political correctness’ help the US discuss race?"
Read more from #TheUnConvention.

To some, political correctness provides the safe space needed for people with little power in society to speak about their experiences. To others, like supporters of Donald Trump, it is a weapon that keeps them from expressing their true feelings.

“This whole discussion around 2050 and the change of diversity is much more a civil war within the white community tha...
10/19/2016
How fear of diversity has led to the ‘civil war’ of this election

“This whole discussion around 2050 and the change of diversity is much more a civil war within the white community than it has to do with folks of color."

Read more from #TheUnConvention.

Actor Aasif Mandvi and fellow comedians and commentators met at the 92nd Street Y in New York City to discuss American identity, kicking off a week of UnConvention events on issues important to millennials.

"Climate change will affect my career, my family, my community, my everything. For my generation, millennials, it is so ...
10/14/2016
Here’s why many young voters see climate change as THE issue in 2016

"Climate change will affect my career, my family, my community, my everything. For my generation, millennials, it is so much more than the “environmental” issue previous generations understood it to be."

Read more from #TheUnConvention

Lucía Oliva Hennelly is on the campaign trail this season, but not for a candidate. She wants people to vote for keeping Earth’s climate healthy.

10/07/2016
PRI Public Radio International

Want to hear what Tim Kaine and Mike Pence's staff had to say after the #VPDebate? Watch more from #TheUnConvention here.

Here's what Tim Kaine and Mike Pence 's people had to say after last night's debate. #TheUnConvention

Some millennials think that baby boomers ruined everything. Do you agree? Read more from #TheUnConvention.
10/06/2016
Millennials have to wonder: Have baby boomers ruined everything?

Some millennials think that baby boomers ruined everything. Do you agree? Read more from #TheUnConvention.

As young voters watch Clinton and Trump campaign for the presidency, many are suspicious of the generation that got the world into so many messes in the first place.

“It’s hard to formulate an opinion based on the debate because they both focused on slandering each other instead of...
10/06/2016
What did young voters get from the VP debate? More questions, for starters

“It’s hard to formulate an opinion based on the debate because they both focused on slandering each other instead of voicing their own plans".

Read more from young voters regarding the #VPDebate from #TheUnConvention.

We asked students at Longwood University, the setting for the US vice presidential debate, for their take on the evening. The answer: Meh.

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09/28/2016

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Want to be part of a global conversation about the 2016 election? Apply to join our closed Facebook group and help us sh...
08/11/2016
Where were you for the 2016 election?

Want to be part of a global conversation about the 2016 election? Apply to join our closed Facebook group and help us shape a conversation about young people and the election presented by Public Radio International, Mic & 92Y. Details below.

GlobalPost and PRI have joined forces to expand in-depth global news reporting to create a more informed, connected and empathetic world.

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08/01/2016
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92nd Street Y

Pointed words from Andrew Solomon. Do you agree?

08/01/2016
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92nd Street Y

"When you're a black woman in politics, nobody ever expected you to get to the table.” Interim DNC Chairperson Donna Brazile has other ideas.

Our latest #Memosto45. Anne-Marie Slaughter shares her thoughts on who should attend the first state dinner of 2017 and ...
05/11/2016
The First Foreign Dignitary the Next President Should Invite to the White House (Video)

Our latest #Memosto45. Anne-Marie Slaughter shares her thoughts on who should attend the first state dinner of 2017 and who the president should call for advice (hint: it's not a Beltway insider.)

“My advice for the next president would be to check in regularly with Bryan Stevenson,” New America President Anne-Marie Slaughter says in the video ab ...

05/02/2016
#Memos to 45

Ambassador Jon Huntsman on how the next president can inspire trust in our government.

What are 10 things every American should know? Our friends at the Aspen Institute Citizenship & American Identity Progra...
04/18/2016
What Every American Should Know

What are 10 things every American should know? Our friends at the Aspen Institute Citizenship & American Identity Program want you to weigh in and share your contributions to a new dictionary of cultural literacy for the 21st Century. #WeAskTop10

A special project to build common knowledge in America

We've teamed up with Slate & New America to present a series of digital memos to the next president. Check out our first...
04/12/2016
Cory Booker’s Advice for the Next President

We've teamed up with Slate & New America to present a series of digital memos to the next president. Check out our first installment with Senator Cory Booker who talks taxes, investing in human capital, and visiting, in his words, "the greatest American city of all."

“We are not matching our competitors in investing in the greatest natural resource any country has,” says United States Sen. Cory Booker. “It’s not oil ...

ICYMI, take a listen to our podcast with Senators Booker & Gillibrand.
03/25/2016
Senator Cory Booker with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: 92Y Talks Episode 82 - 92Y On Demand

ICYMI, take a listen to our podcast with Senators Booker & Gillibrand.

Washington is broken. Citizens are distanced from the government they elected. It seems like money and media trump the democratic process every time. Are we at a crisis point? In this episode of 92Y Talks, Join two U.S. senators who both have a track record of getting things done: Cory Booker, New J…

02/11/2016
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92nd Street Y

It’s Ben Franklin’s 310th birthday today! You may remember him as a signer of the Declaration of Independence or the inventor of bifocals, but did you know he also invented his own brand of self-improvement? This founding father ran a “mutual improvement club” for more than 40 years that brought people together to discuss ways they could improve themselves and improve their world. Their work brought us the volunteer fire department, the library and the post office.

TODAY, we launch Ben Franklin Circles for the 21st Century, which invites anyone, anywhere to be a leader in their community and usher in an era of new ideas and civic action. What innovation could your Ben Franklin Circle bring to the world? Get started now ---> benfranklincircles.org #benfranklincircles

02/11/2016
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92nd Street Y

"If you had to choose between Donald J. Trump and Ted Cruz, who would you pick?" You might be surprised by former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott's answer...

02/11/2016
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92nd Street Y

"He's been pretty dad-blame good." Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott has kind words for Bernie Sanders, saying he and Donald J. Trump have gotten better with time.

Are you supremely humble or an ego maniac? Find out where you rate on the humility scale. Take our quiz:
08/24/2015
Quiz: How Humble Are You? - 92Y On Demand

Are you supremely humble or an ego maniac? Find out where you rate on the humility scale. Take our quiz:

How humble are you? Are you an ego manic? Or are you the model of humility? 92Y’s new humility quiz will gauge how you stack up with regards to this virtue. The quiz was developed by 92Y and William Damon and Anne Colby, authors of the new book The Power of Ideals: The Real Story of Moral Choice, wh…

92Y American Conversation
08/04/2015

92Y American Conversation

10/13/2014

Are anonymous political donations a danger to democracy or a form of free speech that needs to be protected? Newsweek's Leah McGrath Goodman weighs in on this so called "dark money."

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