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Al Sharpton on Social Justice Today: The 2017 Henry Cohen Lecture Series

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center , U100 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003

Please join us as civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton discusses key issues impacting civil rights, social justice and criminal justice reform in NYC and nationally.  The event is hosted by The New SchoolMilano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy and Maya Wiley, Senior Vice President and Henry Cohen Professor at the New School.

The New School’s Henry Cohen Lecture Series has been devoted to advancing social equity in America. This year, the series will examine how we can advance political, social and economic inclusion in the context of a Trump Presidency.  The series has a long tradition of bringing together the best minds to examine how policy efforts manifest over time as political and social environments change. The series is named after Henry Cohen, the founding dean of the Milano School, who served in that position from 1965 through 1983.

Internationally renowned civil rights leader, activist, and founder and President of National Action Network (NAN), the Rev. Al Sharpton has dedicated his life to the fight for justice and equality.  For decades, he has turned the power of dissent and protest into tangible legislation impacting the lives of ordinary people.  As former President Barack Obama once stated, Rev. Sharpton is a “voice for the voiceless” and a “champion for the downtrodden”. As head of NAN, which currently operates hundreds of chapters across the country including a Washington, D.C. bureau and headquarters in Harlem, NY, Rev. Sharpton has taken the teachings of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and applied them to a modern civil rights agenda.  He has been a tireless advocate for everything from police reform and accountability to protection of voting rights and education equality.  A 2016 Vanity Fair profile described him as “arguably the country’s most influential civil rights leader.”

This event will be livestreamed


Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Politics, Policy and Government


Schools of Public Engagement, Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment


Social Justice


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