Covering & Uncovering Disinformation 9/5


The 2016 U.S. elections saw the weaponization of information with unexpected sophistication and on an unprecedented scale.  Russia, Iran, and others have continued to refine this tradecraft.  
 
Journalists increasingly find themselves caught in the middle.  How can you cover news that comes from a cyber attack or suspicious sources?  Are there better ways to examine its credibility and consider the motivations behind its release?  What comes next in the age of modern information warfare?  
 
The FDR Foundation will host an introductory exchange with journalists on some of the key skills and strategies they can use when navigating these issues. 
 
Event in cooperation with CNN. By invitation, only.
 
September 5, 2018
5PM

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.

Read more at:

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.

 

Read more & watch the footage at:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/retropolis/wp/2018/08/01/private-world-of-franklin-d-roosevelt-unveiled-in-newly-found-film-footage/?noredirect=on


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!

Limited to 60. Sign up required

5-7 PM