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Solutions for Political Dysfunction & Polarization: by Columbia Prof. Nemerovski

Columbia Professor Steven Nemerovski will discuss his two-volume book, "“Third Party” -- Volume One: "Starting In The Middle” and Volume Two: "Strange Bedfellows.”

Additionally, Prof. Nemerovski will discuss more about "None Of The Above," an initiative to confront and develop solutions for political dysfunction and polarization.

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The U.S. Airstrikes on Syria

Since March 2011, on the heels of the "Arab Spring," a bloody and complex civil war has erupted and ravaged Syria, resulting in one of the most complicated international, geopolitical crisis in the modern times.

In the past twenty-four hours, the U.S. launched a unilateral military strike -- thereby effectively making an entry into this multi-national conflict, six years in making.

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Law, History & Politics: the "Separate But Equal" Doctrine + Justice Gorsuch

For this meeting, we'll read and discuss the Plessy v. Ferguson decision, 163 U.S. 537 (1896).

(Once upon a time, state racial segregation laws for public facilities were upheld and justified, under the doctrine of "Separate But Equal." It was overruled five decades later in Brown v. Board of Ed -- the Brown decision will be discussed in the upcoming LHP series.)

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Motion Debate: Is "Stop and Frisk" an effective policy?


Synopsis: During his campaign, then-Candidate Trump called for the controversial "stop and frisk" policy to be instituted nationwide, as a means to combat violent crimes. Advocates for the idea point to its success in New York City, where the implementation of stop and frisk led to a 75% decrease in crime, and significantly less gun-carrying.

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Monthly Discussion -- U.S. Atty firings, "TrumpCare,"­ Post-Brexit UK + Debate!

We'll resume our "regular" monthly roundtable discussion, covering the most compelling stories and events unfolding in our City, the Nation, and around the World. As always, there's plenty to discuss!

PLUS, our monthly meetings will now feature a new segment -- "a Mini-Debate," where members can engage in a short, structured debate on a contentious issue.

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Motion Debate: "Does the government have a duty to educate its citizens?"

The second Motion Debate continues!

Here, we debate the contentious issue of the role of government and public education. Education is undoubtedly an important factor in success and accomplishment -- however, does the Government owe a moral duty to educate its citizens?

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Feb. Monthly Meetup -- "Sanctuary City," "Travel" ban, the U.S.-Russia relations

We'll resume our ever-popular "regular" monthly meeting discussing the most compelling stories and events unfolding in our City, the Nation, and around the World. As always, there's plenty to discuss!

PLUS, our monthly meetings will now feature a new segment -- "a Mini-Debate," where members can engage in a short, structured debate on a contentious issue.

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Topics:

• The City: NYC's role as a "sanctuary city" for immigrants

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January Monthly Meetup -- 2nd Ave Subway, "Fake News," South Korea, Mini-Debate

Happy New Year!

We'll resume our "regular" monthly meeting discussing the most compelling stories and events unfolding in our City, the Nation, and around the World.

PLUS, our monthly meetings will now feature a new segment -- "a Mini-Debate," where members can engage in a short, structured debate on a contentious issue.

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• The City: the historic grand opening of the Second Avenue Subway

• The Nation: the emergence of the so-called "Fake News"

• The World: the impeachment of South Korea's President and the possible fallout

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A New Discussion Series! Law, History and Politics

As we usher in the new year, a new discussion series will be introduced -- LAW, HISTORY AND POLITICS.

The LHP series explore the intersections of its namesake -- an in-depth study of a particular law, court decision, or a legal precedent that shaped the political forces and its historical ramifications.

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We're excited to announce a partnership with MotionDebate.com!

The NYCPF is excited to announce a new partnership with MotionDebate.com.

The Motion Debate hosts monthly live debates addressing current issues, where anyone can watch or participate. Learn skills and strategies used in competitive debate, and their application toward real-world situations.

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