20TH FORUM: REFRAMING ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL CITIZENSHIP 

In March, Professor Dinkins welcomed U.S. Representative and civil rights leader John Lewis, one of the Big Six leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, to deliver Keynote remarks. Congressman Lewis discussed his belief that “when we see something that is not right, not fair, not just, we have a moral obligation, a mission, and a mandate to speak up, speak out, and get in the way."

March 30, 2017
Columbia University

Panel:
Moderator: Ester R. Fuchs
Panelists: Michael A. Nutter, David Goodman, Verna Eggleston, and Michael Waldman

19TH FORUM: CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM AND PUBLIC INTEGRITY

Mayor Dinkins welcomed 83rd Attorney General of the United States, Loretta E. Lynch as keynote speaker. This year's forum included notable participants such as former NYC Commissioner Mark Peters, and Nicholas Turner, President of the Vera Institute of Justice.

April 7, 2016
Columbia University

Panel:
Moderator: Ester R. Fuchs
Panelists: Michael A. Nutter, Mark Peters, Daniel C. Richman,  and Nicholas Turner.

18TH FORUM: THE FUTURE OF A NATIONAL URBAN POLICY

For the second time the forum was honored with the presence of 67th United States Secretary of State, and Former U.S. Senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton as keynote speaker.  The honorable speaker shared her views on the inequality problems affecting cities and on mass incarceration, saying that keeping people behind bars does little for safety and much to tear people's lives and communities apart.

April 29, 2015
Columbia University

Panel:
Moderator: Ester R. Fuchs
Panelists: Darren Walker,  Jeanette Takamura, Jacob Hacker, and Sheldon Danzinger

17TH FORUM: BILL DE BLASIO, 109TH MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY 

The 106th Mayor of the City of New York, David N. Dinkins welcomed  the 109th Mayor, Bill de Blasio. Mayor de Blasio, the first democrat Mayor since Dinkins,  praised his former boss and discussed his leadership journey and passion for Universal Pre-K.
Read the Transcript of Mayor de Blasio's Remarks

April 25, 2014   
Columbia University                                                  

Panel:
Moderator: Ester R. Fuchs
Panelists: Jennifer Jones Austin, Bruce Ratner, Richard Ravitch, and Dorian T. Warren

PAST FORUMS

16th Forum - Gun Control: Safe Streets, Safe Cities
Keynote by Marc Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League
April 29, 2013
Watch the archived video

15th Forum Voting Rights v. Voter Suppression
Keynote by Benjamin Jealous, NAACP President & CEO
March 26, 2012
Watch the archived video

14th Forum - Crisis in State Budgets
Keynote by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
April 11, 2011

13th Forum - Economic Recovery in the Cities
Keynote by Representative Charles Rangel
February 1, 2010

12th Forum - Wealth and Poverty in Global Cities 
Keynote by Community Service Society President David Jones
April 16, 2007

11th Forum - Global City: New York City as Model & Magnet
Keynote by Professor Saskia Sassen
October 10, 2005

10th Forum Changing America: National & Urban Responses to Immigration
Keynote by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney
November 16, 2004

9th Forum Affirmative Action & Higher Education
Keynote by President Lee Bollinger
May 1, 2003

8th Forum Economic Rebuilding of New York City
Keynote by Mayor Michael Bloomberg
April 29, 2002

7th Forum Urban Education: Making New York City Public Schools Work for the Community
Keynote by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
April 23, 2001

6th Forum - Livable Urban Communities: The Environmental Movement & Community Building
Keynote by Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater
May 8, 2000

5th Forum Labor & Community Building
Keynote by SEIU Local 1199 President Dennis Rivera
April 26, 1999

4th Forum - Culture & Tourism: Tools for Urban Economic Development
Keynote by Representative Charles Rangel
May 8, 1998

3rd Forum Welfare to Work: Can the Business-Government Partnership Succeed?
Keynote by Mayors Edward Rendell and Norman Rice
March 31, 1997

2nd Forum Urban Agenda for Election ‘96
Panel of Governors Jim Florio, Ann Richards and Lowell Weicker
May 2, 1996

1st Forum Empowering America’s Cities
Keynotes by Vice President Al Gore, HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, and Mayors Arnold Webster and Bill Campbell
March 2-3, 1995