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The 21st Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum with Keynote Eric Holder

Named for the 106th Mayor of the nation's largest city, the first (and only) African American Mayor elected in New York City, the David N. Dinkins Leadership & Public Policy Forum provides a vehicle for analysis, focus and dialogue around the dynamic elements of urban policies, programs, and initiatives.

For the past 20 years, this annual forum has addressed many of the challenging issues including education, the environment, labor, tourism, immigration and fiscal crises that successful and urban ecosystems must contend with.

In April, Professor Dinkins will welcome 82nd Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder to deliver Keynote remarks. Mr. Holder’s participation is further proof of his commitment to Columbia University, as both an undergrad and Law school graduate, and to shaping young leaders for the future.  His appearance also comes at a time in which the Eric H. Holder Initiative for Civil and Political Rights recently launched at Columbia College as a vehicle for students to extend themes and questions of their studies into a focused interrogation of the mechanisms that promote justice and political rights. Discouraging retreat into what Holder calls “the quiet prejudice of inaction,” the Holder Initiative will encourage students to act in support of their civic duty on and beyond campus.The Honorable Eric Holder  will join the Forum's legacy of keynoters that includes notables such as Congressman John Lewis, Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Vice President Al Gore, Rep. Charles Rangel, Mayors Ed Rendell, Michael Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio, and labor leaders like John Sweeney, Lillian Roberts, Randi Weingarten and Dennis Rivera.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 6:00 PM

Miller Theatre
2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Columbia University

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Merit E. Janow ​​
Dean, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

David N. Dinkins
106th Mayor, City of New York; Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia SIPA

Keynote Speaker

Eric Holder
82nd U.S. Attorney General, Partner at Covington.
Third longest serving, and first African American U.S. Attorney General.

Panel Discussion:
The Incarceration Crisis that Threatens America's Democracy

Greg Berman
Director of the Center for Court Innovation

Michael A. Nutter
98th Mayor of Philadelphia, and Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs, Columbia SIPA

Ana Oliveira
President and CEO of the New York Women’s Foundation

Vesla Weaver
Michael Bloomberg Associate Professor of Political Science and Sociology at Johns Hopkins University

Panel Discussion Moderator

Ester R. Fuchs
Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science; Director of the Urban and Social Policy Program, Columbia SIPA