Conversations on the Edge



The Cambridge Center for Adult Education has a long history as a beacon for learning and discussion on topics of import. Conversations on the Edge addresses pressing issues through dynamic conversations with panelists who are experts and local activists, and encourages the declaration of diverse voices through robust audience participation. This time-sensitive learning experience aims to inform, motivate, and encourage. Most importantly, recognizing that contributing to a strong social fabric is a responsibility of educational institutions, the Cambridge Center aims to foster a continuing sense of community around these issues.


Thursday, March 15 - Inequality and Wealth Redistribution 
6-7:30pm. Spiegel Auditorium, 56 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA.

A recent report by Oxfam details that 82% of the world’s wealth belongs to the richest 1% across the globe, a gap that is increasingly widening. This concentration of wealth has complicated causes and consequences. Join these panelists as they discuss the nature of wealth and inequality in America, how it developed over time, and how we can consider wealth redistribution to combat growing inequality.


Jeff Booth: Jeff Booth is a founding member of Socialist Alternative, a democratic socialist organization.  Jeff serves on Socialist Alternative’s National Committee. He currently helps to organize Socialist Alternative groups and activity in Worcester, MA and Providence, RI. Jeff is also a union activist, previously on the Executive Board of a United Electrical Workers union local, a member of the Bakery workers union, and a founding member of AFSCME Local 3650/Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers at Harvard University.  Jeff hosts “Socialist Alternative Radio”, where issues of inequality and wealth distribution are frequently discussed (“Socialist Alternative Radio, talk and music from a working class, democratic socialist perspective” on WMFO 91.5 FM/, “Tufts Educational Radio”).

Eric Kriss: Eric Kriss served as Secretary of Administration and Finance in Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's cabinet and helped launch Bain Capital, which now manages over $65 billion in assets. He is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Miami, where he lectures on the future of work, universal basic income, and more.

Additional Panelist Information TBA


Thursday, January 18 - Immigration | CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS
30pm. Spiegel Auditorium, 56 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA.

Join us for a welcome reception with refreshments and light snacks at 5:30pm.
Please note: This event is sold-out!

What do we mean when we say, “America is a nation of immigrants”? According to the Migration Policy Institute, immigrants make up over 13% of the United States population, with some sources citing hundreds of thousands of new arrivals each year. In this conversation, grassroots organizers and legal experts will explore issues that affect immigrants in the United States today, including current and potential protective policies for immigrants and refugees, immigration reform,  paths to citizenship, and how local organizations can empower immigrants to participate in their local communities and civic life.



Eva Millona | Executive Director, MIRA: Eva A. Millona is Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), the state’s largest organization representing the foreign-born, and co-chair of the National Partnership for New Americans, the lead national organization focusing on immigrant integration. She is also the co-chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Refugees and Immigrants and serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.




Sabrineh Ardalan | Assistant Director, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program: Sabrineh Ardalan is assistant director at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. At the clinic, Ardalan supervises and trains law students working on applications for asylum and other humanitarian protections, as well as appellate litigation and policy advocacy. She has authored amicus briefs submitted to the Board of Immigration Appeals, as well as to the federal district courts and circuit courts of appeal on cutting-edge issues in U.S. asylum law.




Elena Noureddine | Esq., Attorney at PAIR Project: Elena specializes in removal defense, criminal immigration, asylum, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Criminology from the University of Florida and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. In law school, Elena participated in Boston University’s Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, representing clients in USCIS interviews and before the Executive Office for Immigration Review. She focused on the representation of juveniles facing deportation who, because of their age, are often neglected for services and go unrepresented.






Madeline Choi Cronin | Immigration Lawyer: Attorney Madeline Cronin has practiced U.S. immigration law since 1994, concentrating in business, family and deportation. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves as a Volunteer Attorney with the Irish International Immigration Center (IIIC), and has served as an Asylum Pro Bono Volunteer with the Political Asylum Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project.





This series is presented in partnership with the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) and Cambridge Community Television (CCTV).






Thursday, November 16 - Resistance in Context | TICKETS

6-7:30pm. Spiegel Auditorium, 56 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA.

The Civil Rights Movement, Women's Suffrage, Stonewall. There have been many instances of resistance over the course of our history; indeed, America was born out of acts of resistance. And while resistance has often been a stance of dissenting citizens protesting various forms of injustice over time, in the current era, resistance has become a mode of action for many more Americans.  In this conversation, grassroots organizers, historians, and policy makers will explore examples of resistance and their significance.

Conversations on the Edge Presents: Resistance in Context from Cambridge Community Television on Vimeo.


Zeninjor Enwemeka of WBURZeninjor Enwemeka: Digital Reporter for WBUR

Zeninjor Enwemeka is a digital reporter at WBUR, covering all things relevant to people in Greater Boston on She also covers tech and culture as part of WBUR's Bostonomix team, which focuses on the innovation economy. Zeninjor was part of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning team for The Boston Globe's breaking news coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings.




Paul Butler: Law professor at Georgetown University and a visiting a professor at Harvard Law School who researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law, race relations law, and critical theory. He is the author of the widely well received Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice (2009)—which received the Harry Chapin Media award—as well as the recent Chokehold: Policing Black Men (2017).




Sheila Decter: Founding Executive Director of the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA), a position she has held for over 16 years. For more than four decades, she has been a change-maker in the Jewish social justice movement and has dedicated her entire career to fighting for social and economic justice, civil rights and constitutional liberties.




John StaufferJohn Stauffer: Professor of English and American Literature, American Studies and African American Studies at Harvard University. He is a leading authority on anti-slavery, the Civil War era, social protest movements and photography, and author of 19 books including The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race (2002) and Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln (2008).





We invite community members at all levels of knowledge to build skills for discussion and action around civic and social justice issues.
We increase understanding of difficult topics and make space for divergent viewpoints.
We amplify and center historically marginalized voices.
We explore topics of local or national importance, with a focus on the effects on our daily lives.
We do not validate or legitimize hate speech.


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