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RSF Social Science Summer Institute for Journalists - July 13 - 15, 2021

On July 13, 14, and 15, RSF held a free seminar series to brief journalists on pressing public policy issues and how to engage social science researchers to expand coverage and identify new sources who are experts in their fields.  Each session paired journalists with leading social scientists and policymakers. The seminar's hosts and moderators were journalists and RSF trustees David Leonhardt (The New York Times) and Nicholas Lemann (Columbia Journalism School and The New Yorker).

Accurate Reporting and the COVID-19 Pandemic - July 13, 2021

Politicized discourse and the prevalence of misinformation prolonged the pandemic in the U.S. In this discussion, speakers Wafaa El-Sadr, University Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, Columbia University, and David Leonhardt, The New York Times, discussed how to incorporate social science and epidemiology into reporting, especially as the U.S. moves away from pandemic-related restrictions.

Race in America: How Social Science Informs Black Lives Matter - July 14, 2021

In this discussion, speakers Marc Morial, president, the National Urban League, and Rucker Johnson, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley, discussed long-term and systemic social inequities and the social science evidence on persistent segregation and discrimination in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.

The Biden Administration's Domestic Policy Agenda: Expanding Your Source List - July 15, 2021

President Biden’s economic policy agenda features increased spending on infrastructure, jobs, and job quality, and the child tax credit. Speakers Cecilia Rouse, chair, White House Council of Economic Advisers; Jason Furman, former chair, White House Council of Economic Advisors and Aetna Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard University; and Michael Strain, Director of Economic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute, discussed what social science has to say about these issues and how to engage social scientists as expert sources.


Webinar Conference on “The Legacy of Plessy v. Ferguson after 125 Years” - May 18, 2021

On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, a virtual conference was held to mark the 125th anniversary of the the notorious Supreme Court decision Plessy v. Ferguson. The webinar discussions centered on findings from the recently published issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences: “Plessy v. Ferguson and the Legacy of ‘Separate but Equal’ after 125 Years.” Issue editors john a. powell (University of California, Berkeley), Samuel L. Myers, Jr. (University of Minnesota), and Susan T. Gooden (Virginia Commonwealth University) led a panel of journal contributors and other expert commentators in a discussion of the enduring social, political, and economic effects of Plessy v. Ferguson.

The conference was presented by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University; and the Othering & Belonging Institute, University of California, Berkeley.


RSF/Hauser/Carnegie Webinar: “Revisiting Immigration in the United States” - April 19, 2021

On Monday, April 19, 2021, RSF together with the Hauser Policy Impact Fund and the Carnegie Corporation of New York cosponsored a webinar on “Revisiting Immigration in the United States.” The webinar discussion centered on findings from two seminal reports on immigration from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and MedicineThe Integration of Immigrants into American Society and The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration. RSF provided partial funding for the NAS report on immigrant integration. The webinar featured seven immigration and policy experts in discussion about how research can inform the debates on immigration policy, including RSF trustee Michael Jones-Correa (University of Pennsylvania), co-author of the recent RSF book Holding Fast: Resilience and Civic Engagement among Latino Immigrants;  former RSF trustee Mary C. Waters (Harvard University), one of the editors of the report on immigrant integration; and RSF grantee, author, and former visiting scholar Douglas Massey (Princeton University).

Read the NAS report The Integration of Immigrants into American Society here.


Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality - March 17, 2021

The Russell Sage Foundation and the School of Public Affairs at American University hosted a discussion featuring co-authors Taryn Morrissey (American University), Ajay Chaudry (New York University), and Christina Weiland (University of Michigan), joined by Miriam Calderon (Oregon’s Early Learning Division) and Melissa Boteach (National Women’s Law Center), to talk about the second edition of their RSF book Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality. The discussion was moderated by Ruth Marcus, Washington Post columnist and 2019 Sine Institute Fellow. U.S. Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), Chair of the House Committee on Labor & Education, offered remarks before the discussion.


Holding Fast: Resilience and Civic Engagement Among Latino Immigrants - October 15, 2020

Political scientists James A. McCann (Purdue University) and Michael Jones-Correa (University of Pennsylvania), discuss their RSF book, Holding Fast: Resilience and Civic Engagement Among Latino Immigrants. The conversation was moderated by independent journalist and NPR contributor Alexandra Starr and featured remarks from immigration scholar Janelle Wong (University of Maryland, College Park).


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