Socialism and the Liberal Imagination

What is “democratic socialism” in contemporary America? In November 2015, with the Iowa caucuses on the horizon, Bernie Sanders finally tackled the question head-on in a much-publicized speech at Georgetown University. Democratic socialism, he told his audience, is what Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal did. FDR’s unfinished vision of a second bill of rights, an “economic bill of rights,” “is my vision today,” Sanders remarked.

Now, two and a half years later, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has vaulted onto the national political scene on a platform that sounds unmistakably familiar to students of American liberalism: Medicare for all, a job guarantee, housing programs, a new Glass-Steagall Act, and a green . . . New Deal. Democratic socialism, apparently, is less Eugene V. Debs than it is a more successful Harry Truman.


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Socialism and the Liberal Imagination

Private world of Franklin D. Roosevelt unveiled in newly found film footage

As the silent film rolls, the president sits by his wife at an outdoor gathering. A beer mug rests on his table, and dozens of people lounge on the grass while he holds court.

His shirt sleeves are rolled up. He is wearing his pince-nez glasses and reading aloud from a book. At one passage he chuckles, reaches for his cigarette in its long-stem holder and flashes his famous smile.

His thin legs, damaged by polio, are barely visible under the table.

It’s President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Labor Day 1934.


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Fourth Annual Student Thanksgiving-Eve Reception at the FDR Suite 11/21

Bing Crosby and Marjorie Reynolds in  1942’s “Holiday Inn”.

To paraphrase that famous crooner Bing Crosby, “We Got Plenty to be Thankful For” and every year, we like to share the bounty. Come join us at the FDR Suite as we open the doors for our students who aren’t returning home this Thanksgiving. There will be a crackling fire, music and food a-plenty!

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5-7 PM

First Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Round-table 11/2

The Foundation is proud to launch a new annual round-table series featuring topics dear to First Lady of the World Eleanor Roosevelt: women’s rights, poverty, diversity and inclusion.  This year’s inaugural talk features Academy-Award winning producer Darla Anderson, who will address Hollywood’s uphill battle with diversity.

About the Speaker:

Academy Award® winner Darla K. Anderson joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1993 and recently retired from Pixar in March of 2018.  For over 25 years, her prodigious producing talents have contributed to some of the world’s most beloved and acclaimed animated feature films including “A Bug’s Life,” “Monsters, Inc.,” the Golden Globe®-winning “Cars” and Academy Award®-winning “Toy Story 3.” The Producers Guild of America and the Academy Awards recognized Anderson’s work on “Toy Story 3” with a nomination for Best Picture.

Anderson most recently produced Disney•Pixar’s “Coco,” for which she earned the Oscar® for Best Animated Feature.  In her capacity as the film’s producer Anderson, along with director Lee Unkrich, innovated a new filmmaking paradigm at Pixar which not only elevated the voices of Mexican and Mexican American creatives, production staff, and cultural historians but also established a new creative process which partnered filmmakers, production staff, marketing and consumer product development with Mexican cultural experts early in the filmmaking process. Under her leadership, Pixar hired Adrian Molina as co-writer and co-director of the film and, for the first time in the history of Hollywood, a 100% Latino / Mexican cast for the English and Spanish versions of the film.  She was also awarded Producer of the Year in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures from the Producers Guild of America, an honor she also received for her work on “Cars” and “Toy Story 3.” Anderson’s work on “Coco” also earned her a Golden Globe® win.

Before assuming her feature film production duties, Anderson was the executive producer of Pixar Animation Studios’ commercial group.  Prior to joining Pixar, she worked with Angel Studios in Carlsbad, California as the executive producer of their commercial division. It was here she was introduced to the world of 3D computer graphics, and from there she relocated to the Bay Area, with the intention of gaining a position at Pixar.

As one of the studio’s and the animation industry’s most accomplished producers, Anderson was elected to the Producers Council Board of the Producers Guild of America in July 2008.  She is the first producer from the animation arena to be elected to the Council.   

Born and raised in Glendale, California, Anderson studied environmental design at San Diego State University.  Soon thereafter she began her career in the entertainment industry, working on San Diego-based film and television productions.  Anderson currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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Imagining “Coco” 11/1

Our celebration of the Good Neighbor Policy continues as we enjoy  a Mexican Day of the Dead Banquet and then watch a showing of the film Coco, followed by a Q&A with the Academy Award winning producer, Darla Anderson. Co-sponsored with the Office of the Arts

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Fong Auditorium and Ticknor Lounge