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


Videos from Past Teach-Ins

Teach-in on Immigration
with Scott Michelman, Nithya Nathan-Pineau
and Faiza Patel

Teach-in on Women's Rights
with Fatima Goss Graves, Jennifer Klein
and Rebecca Traister

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

Teach-in on Climate Change 
with Jamie Henn, Dave Levitan, and Todd Stern
Sunday, April 23 at 7 p.m.

The next teach-in at P&P will address a topic that affects us all: climate change. What is the scientific consensus behind climate change, and how did this issue become so politicized? How can we balance legislation that reduces CO2 emissions and protects the environment with the need to protect American jobs and remain competitive? And as citizens, what can we do to convince our lawmakers that climate change must be taken seriously?

Jamie Henn is the Strategic Communications Director and Co-Founder of 350.org, a grassroots climate awareness movement that coordinates online campaigns and mass public actions around the world. Dave Levitan is a journalist who has written about a range of scientific topics, focusing specifically on the intersection with policy and politics. His new book is called Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent and Utterly Mangle Science. Todd Stern was President Obama’s Special Envoy for Climate Change from 2009-2016, leading the U.S. negotiating effort that culminated in the Paris Agreement. He is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale.  The conversation will be moderated by Kristen Gunther, Director of Mission Strategy at the March for Science taking place April 22, and a PhD Candidate studying ecosystem management and ecology.

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.