DateTime & LocationTopicSpeakers
September
206-8 p.m., 909 Renaissance Park"Changing the Pipeline into Politics"Emily Cherniack is steeped in the traditions of servant leadership. From her service in AmeriCorps and employment with City Year AmeriCorps, to being part of the founding team of Be the Change—where she led a coalition of over 200 organizations to engage 250,000 people for a Day of Action in support of the $6 billion Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009—Emily has worked tirelessly to serve our country and support others who serve.

Emily’s path to politics came when her boss and mentor, Alan Khazei, decided to run for the U.S. Senate in 2009. Khazei asked Emily to become his Deputy Campaign Manager and, although he was defeated, Emily learned a great deal from his campaign and the power of political leaders who chose to serve country before self. This experience led Emily to conclude that our current system for recruiting political talent is broken. The current talent pipeline is intentionally exclusive, and has significant barriers that prevent transformational leaders from successfully running for office; the only way to change that is to change the pipeline. New Politics was founded in 2013 to address exactly that.

Emily graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology and a Masters Degree in Education Policy. She lives in Boston.
October
186-8 p.m., 909 Renaissance Park"Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy"Sheryll Cashin, professor of law at Georgetown University, teaches Constitutional Law, and Race and American Law among other subjects. She writes about civil rights and race relations in America. Her new book, Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy, was released in June 2017 in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, which struck down bans on interracial marriage. In it she explores the history and future of interracial intimacy and its potential impact on American culture and politics. Her book, Place Not Race (Beacon, 2014) was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction in 2015. Her book, The Failures of Integration (PublicAffairs, 2004) was an Editors' Choice in the New York Times Book Review. Cashin is also a two-time nominee for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for non-fiction (2005 and 2009). She has published widely in academic journals and written commentaries for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Salon, The Root, and other media.

Cashin is vice chair of the board of the National Portrait Gallery, and an active member of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council. She worked in the Clinton White House as an advisor on urban and economic policy, particularly concerning community development in inner-city neighborhoods. She was law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. As a Marshall Scholar, she went on to receive a masters in English Law with honors from Oxford University and a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review. Cashin was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, where her parents were political activists. She lives in Washington with her husband and twin boys.
November
712 p.m., Cabral Center, John D. O’Bryant African American Institute"The Color of Law"Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, will discuss his new book, The Color of Law (published in May 2017). In this history of the modern American metropolis, Rothstein argues that de jure segregation―the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments― promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.

The event is co-sponsored by Northeastern University's School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, the John O’Bryant African American Student Center, Northeastern's School of Law, and the Departments of Sociology and Political Science.