Conversations on the Edge


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Thursday, November 29, 6pm
Cambridge Public Library Lecture Hall
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
There is an underground parking garage with access from Broadway. The Lecture Hall is on lower level L2 in the glass and steel building.

The 2018 midterm elections are undoubtedly one of the most important elections in recent history with many tense and important races. This conversation will consider what and who influenced this year’s midterms and consider what comes next.


Cheryl Clyburn Crawford is the executive director of MassVOTE. She grew up in Boston and has worked for many years in communities of color advocating for voting and civil rights, and joined MassVOTE 2008. She directs the Democracy for Nonprofits program and the Civic Engagement Fund, which distributes seed money and technical support to community nonprofit organizations so that they can to make a significant commitment to voter empowerment.

Alex Goldstein is the founder and CEO of the strategic communications firm 90 West, and is the senior communications advisor for Ayanna Pressley's congressional campaign. He also served as spokesman and senior political advisor to former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick from 2009 - 2013, and as the director of communications for the Massachusetts Democratic Party from 2007-2008.

Mark Horan has more than 20 years experience consulting on crisis clients and political campaigns, including those of U.S. Senator Edward Markey, former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone and former Congressman Barney Frank.  He also worked as a Senior Vice President at Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications, AT&T, and Engage, an online advertising company.  His op-eds have been published in the Washington Post, Boston Globe and other news sites.

Jennifer Nassour is the COO of ReflectUS, a national, non-partisan coalition of the leading women’s organizations, working to increase the number of women in office and achieve equal representation across racial, ideological, ethnic and geographic spectrums. She is also Of Counsel to Rubin and Rudman and the former Chairman of the MassGOP. In addition to practicing law, she is an accomplished political and charitable fundraiser, an experienced staffer in both the executive and legislative branches of state government, and a veteran of political campaigns and causes. 


Anthony Brooks is the senior political reporter for WBUR. Before becoming WBUR’s senior political reporter, Brooks was co-host of Radio Boston, WBUR’s local news and talk show. For many years, Brooks worked as a Boston-based reporter for NPR, covering regional issues across New England, including politics, the economy, education, criminal justice and urban affairs.






Thursday, October 18, 2018 - Social Media and Democracy 

Social media influences our world immensely as a means of consuming information and interacting with others. As both a tool for fake news and for civic engagement and organization, this conversation will consider how social media’s rise has changed the ways in which we participate as informed citizens in our democracy.

Panelists incuded Jacob Groshek, Associate Professor, Emerging Media Studies, Boston University; Alexa Hasse, Project Coordinator, Youth and Media Project at Berkman Klein Center; Charles Nesson, Weld Professor of Law, Harvard University; Johnnie Williams, CRLS high school senior, media maker, and producer of the podcast Generation Savage. Moderated by Sasha Costanza-Chock, Associate Professor of Civic Media, MIT.


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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.

This lively conversation featured Eric Kriss, a founding partner at Bain Capital with with experience working in both government and business as an entrepreneur and former secretary of finance for Governor Mitt Romney, Christine Desan, co-founder of Harvard’s Program on the Study of Capitalism, and socialist alternative organizer and Harvard Union leader, Jeff Booth. The event was moderated by Geeta Pradhan, President & CEO of Cambridge Community Foundation.


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Thursday, January 18 - Immigration 
6-7:30pm. Spiegel Auditorium, 56 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA.

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.

Led by moderator and immigration attorney Madeline Choi Cronin, this timely discussion featured Eva Millona, executive director of MIRA, alongside immigration lawyers Sabrineh Ardalan, of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, and Elena Noureddine, of the PAIR Project. They discussed the difficulties of those facing deportation or seeking asylum in the US, as well as the shortcomings and future of US immigration law.


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Thursday, November 16 - Resistance in Context
6-7:30pm. Spiegel Auditorium, 56 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA.

Moderated by Zeninjor Enwemeka, a reporter for WBUR, our panel discussed different acts of resistance, and what it means to resist. The panel featured: Paul Butler, Georgetown Law Professor and author of Chokehold: Policing Black Men; Sheila Decter, Founding Executive Director of the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA); John Stauffer, Professor of English and American Literature, American Studies and African American Studies at Harvard University.


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

Thursday, September 14th - Voting Rights and the Constitution
6-7:30pm. Spiegel Auditorium, 56 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA.

Moon Duchin, Tufts Math Professor, discussed the geometry of gerrymandering, with Alexander Keyssar, Harvard University History Professor, an expert on the constitution and the right to vote. They were joined by Bob Moses, an advocate for felon voting rights, and moderator Wilhemina Agbemakplido.



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 organizers, 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.


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