How Canada Got Immigration Right

Ever since the start of this bizarre presidential campaign, Donald Trump has ensured that most discussions of immigration focus on Mexico and Mexicans. But his noxious rhetoric has obscured the fact that illegal border crossings are just part of the problem. The U.S. system for legal immigration also badly needs reform—and here the answers lie not south but north, in Canada.

Canada today has one of the highest immigration rates in the world. For the past two decades, it has admitted about 250,000 newcomers a year—close to 1% of the population—and Ottawa expects that number to grow to 337,000 a year by 2018. More than 20% of Canada’s inhabitants are now foreign-born—almost twice the proportion of residents of Sweden, Germany or the U.S., even if you lump in undocumented migrants.

Read more in the WSJ

His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt

– – Tuesday, September 6, 2016


Readers are right to flinch whenever a book under review is called, “magisterial.”

Yet there is a certain majesty in the way author Joseph Lelyveld combines his long-honed reporting experience with a historian’s eye firmly fixed on this important story. In this case it is an exploration of the labyrinthine mind of Franklin D. Roosevelt as he enters the decline leading to his death on April 12, 1945 at his hideaway in Warm Springs, Ga.

Mr. Lelyveld’s story is important on several counts. With an impressive array of new archival evidence he challenges the long-lived slander that FDR gave away Eastern Europe to the tyrant Josef Stalin either because (as many old Cold Warriors swear) Roosevelt was a Communist dupe or, more plausibly, because he was unaware of his deteriorating health and could not focus on the critical Big Three negotiations that he, Winston Churchill and Stalin waged at Tehran in December 1943 and again in Yalta in February 1945.

Read more at the Washington Times

Living in a Post-Fact World: Lessons from Swedish Counter Propaganda 10/3

sovietdisinformation_1200This is a rare chance to meet the men and women at Counter Influence Branch of the Swedish Civil Contingency Agency (MSB), a kingdom-wide combination of America’s DHS and FEMA. Learn about current trends in international media manipulation, defensive media monitoring and analysis, and the Swedish approach to counter propaganda.

12:00-1:30pm, OCTOBER 3, 2016

Limited to 30 – SIGN UP HERE

Location: Adams House Upper Common Room

This is a brown-bag lunch event. Adams House students: feel free to bring a tray up from the dining hall.


In Defense of Democracy: Preserving the Post Enlightenment Narrative in the 21st Century



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History demonstrates that democracy is a fragile creation. This is especially true in the 21st century, as liberal democracy and Post-Enlightenment values come under threat both directly — from competing ideologies like ultra-nationalism, jingoistic populism, ”Putinism,” Chinese communism, and violent extremism— as well as indirectly, from the massive challenges posed by climate change, globalization, automation, and resource scarcity. In the spirit of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the American president who successfully defended liberal democracy from fascism, communism, and economic depression, the FDR Foundation proposes an aggressive program of education and applied research to safeguard democratic ideals for the 21st century.


The FDR Foundation will begin by illuminating the problem through survey-driven research around the Atlantic region and multi-sector programming at Harvard. We will then partner with some of Harvard’s professional schools (Business, Divinity, Education, Government, Law, Public Health) to develop cross-disciplinary interventions aimed at specific regions and age cohorts.


The Foundation endorses efforts to defend liberal democracy by these Harvard faculty members:

Matthew Baum, Veronica Boix-Mansilla, Quinton Mayne, and Pippa Norris

And these professors from around the U.S. and the world:

Adam Berinsky, Matthew Gentzkow, Kelly Greenhill, Alexander Görlach, Randy Kluver, David Lazer, Brendan Nyhan, Emily Thorson, and Monica Toft


In Defense of Democracy is the FDR Foundation’s only open-ended program. As of Fall, 2017 we are actively seeking advocates, partners, and co-sponsors.

For more information, please contact:

Jed Willard ( | | @WillardJed)




The World Unbound – FDR, Frida Kahlo & the Cultural Legacy of the Good Neighbor Policy 10/4

frida-kahlo_self-portrait-with-hummingbird-fullAs part of our continuing Fireside Chat series, FDR Foundation Arts and Humanities Director Marcela Davison Avilés explores the impact of FDR’s Good Neighbor Policy on America’s visual, film, and performing arts and the legacy of the New Deal on American pop culture. Learn about the friendships, influences and intrigue among the major players in FDR’s cabinet and Mexican artists, and the influence of Eleanor Roosevelt on the social justice arts of the day. Are these art lessons of the past worth repeating? Join the conversation and share your views.

October 4th, 7PM in the FDR Suite. Limited to 12  Sign up info HERE

Explore the Arctic with Ambassador David Balton 9/30


Ambassador David Balton will be at Adams House on Friday September 30 (2pm, Lower Common Room).

Balton is currently Chair of the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials. He graduated from Harvard College (Cabot House) in 1981. His full title is “Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, State Department.”

Balton is especially eager to meet current and future Arctic scholars. He’ll provide a quick tour of the region and the challenges in that region today, but then pivot quickly to what’s next. He’ll likely discuss environmental challenges (from erosion to pollution to climate change), social challenges (poverty, violence, lack of understanding of indigenous by outsiders), and political challenges (non-Arctic states intruding, challenges to sovereign claims).

Sign up information is HERE