LEARN, TALK, ACT: Teach-Ins at Politics & Prose Bookstore


Video from the First Teach-In

Teach-in on Civil Liberties
with David Cole, Todd A. Cox, and Michael Waldman

Teach-in on Women's Rights  Friday, January 20 at 4 p.m.
with Fatima Goss Graves, Jennifer Klein and Rebecca Traister

Please join Politics & Prose for a teach-in focusing on the status of women and girls across our country. What does the 2016 election tell us about feminism today? Are women’s rights and opportunities under threat? What can we do politically, legally, and culturally to ensure progress for all women and girls moving forward?

Fatima Goss Graves is Senior Vice President for Program at the National Women’s Law Center. She has led the NWLC’s anti-discrimination initiatives and now leads the Center’s broad agenda to eliminate barriers in employment, education, health and reproductive rights and lift women and families out of poverty. Jennifer Klein is an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center and served as Senior Advisor on Women’s Issues to the Hillary for America campaign. A lawyer by training, she began her career in government on the domestic policy staff of the White House during the Clinton Administration and played a leading role developing foreign policy related to women at the State Department under Secretary Hillary Clinton. Jennifer also helped develop the No Ceilings intiative at the Clinton Foundation to evaluate progress for women and girls worldwide. Rebecca Traister is writer at large for New York magazine and a contributing editor at Elle. She has written about women in politics, media, and entertainment from a feminist perspective for a wide range of publications and is the author of Big Girls Don’t Cry and All the Single Ladies.

If you are unable to attend in person, you can still watch the event on Facebook Live, and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TeachIn. We hope to see you at these discussions about the future of our country, as we explore what we can do together to safeguard our democratic values and institutions in these politically divisive and uncertain times.

About This Series

The inauguration of Donald Trump is expected to lead to profound changes in a wide range of areas. To help prepare for what lies ahead, Politics & Prose has launched a series of teach-ins, the first of which on January 8 focused on the issue of civil liberties. For these new P&P events, which will continue through the winter, panels of experts will lead discussions of relevant and urgent issues, including women’s rights, immigration, climate change and more. The aim is not just to inform and educate but also to offer constructive and effective paths forward.

Much as teach-ins became a vital tool for public advocacy and social justice efforts during the 1960s, we believe they can serve the same purpose today. The bookstore is organizing them in the spirit that has guided P&P over the past three decades—as a place committed to strengthening our community by providing an open forum for rigorous, respectful dialogue on the challenges that America faces. In addition to the teach-ins, we also will continue our series, Race in America, launched last January.